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Marilyn Grace Karstad Adams


1953 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Marilyn Grace Karstad Adams Obituary
Marilyn Grace Karstad Adams
1953 ~ 2014
Our loving and selfless Marilyn passed away on April 16, 2014 in Provo, Utah after a long and valiant fight with kidney failure and other diseases. Marilyn was born April 20, 1953 in Salt Lake City to Owen Frederick Karstad and Grace Hutchings Karstad. She was close to her younger brother Steven, and the family shared many wonderful memories as they grew up in Idaho Falls, Las Vegas, and Silver Spring, MD. After high school, Marilyn attended BYU and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology. She returned to Maryland to work as a medical technologist and met her "honey" Nathan in a singles ward when he served as her home teacher. Marilyn and Nathan were married for time and all eternity in the Washington DC temple on October 12, 1979. A year later, their first son Nathan Jr. was born while Nathan Sr. was studying at Cornell. The family moved again to Utah, where the twins Michael and Sarah were born. Marilyn strengthened and cheered family and friends as the family moved to New Jersey, back to Utah, Virginia, and finally Maryland.
Marilyn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and frequently attended the temple. She gave her heart to the Lord as she served in many callings in the Relief Society and Primary, and as Ward Choir Director. Marilyn had a lifelong love of music and a beautiful singing voice. She sang several solos in the Taylorsville Stake Messiah over many years, and she performed an inspirational one-woman musical "Crossroads" about the Mormon Pioneers, written and accompanied by her mother Grace. In addition to her musical and artistic talents, Marilyn was also an exceptional cook and seamstress. More than one person commented that "Sister Adams is the most talented person I know." Marilyn loved teaching skills to enhance others' lives and often said, "Teach them skills!"
Her other most common phrase was, "Isn't this fun!" It was always a party when Marilyn was around. She often planned fun, special events and went out of her way to make people feel especially loved. Whether they were family, friends, or nurses in the hospital, Marilyn happily and openly expressed her love to everyone, and everyone loved her in return. Marilyn's love, kindness, and patience with others was amazingly angelic. She truly exemplified her favorite scripture 2 Nephi 31:20, "Press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men." Thank you, Marilyn, for raising the spirits and testimonies of us all.
Your patience is astounding, your love second to none,
You summed up our life well, Mother, "Isn't this fun!"
Marilyn is survived by her husband Nathan, her children Nathan Jr. (Stephanie), Sarah, Michael, her father Owen, her brother Steven (LaRee), her grandchildren Benjamin, Elizabeth, and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, April 19 at 11:00 am with a viewing at 10:00 am at the Riverbend Ward, 895 W. 4800 S. in Taylorsville. Interment, West Jordan City Cemetery. www.goffmortuary.com
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 18, 2014
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