Karen Ruth Steadman McRae
1954 - 2014
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1954 ~ 2014
Our loving wife, mother, and gramma returned to her Father in Heaven on August 21, 2014. Karen was born May 18, 1954 to Kelvin and Lois Steadman. She grew up in Midvale with her two brothers and sister, and attended Utah State University. Karen married Mark Orson McRae in the Salt Lake Temple on February 18, 1977, after being introduced the year before by Bishop Joseph (Big Joe) Palmer, for which we are eternally grateful. She loved reading, especially church and American history. At her knee the love of literature was passed to her five children. A lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she was active in church callings. She loved working with youth in the primary and the Young Women's program. Her smile was contagious and her laugh would light up the room. No one could give a hug warmer than her's. She loved everyone so much, especially her grandkids. Visits by the Quad Squad thrilled her heart and Karen had unmeasurable patience and love for all the grandkids. She loved seeing the creativity of both children and adults alike. She enjoyed seeing costumes and makeup of any kind. Restricted by her earthly body in later years, her spirit and love were undaunted, flowing freely and endlessly.
Preceded in death by her father Kelvin Steadman, she is survived by her mother Lois and Richard Burningham, husband Mark McRae, and her children: David and Andrea McRae, Matthew and Natalie McRae, Krista and Michael Lieber, Andrew McRae, and Katie McRae, as well as her two brothers Kent and Karl, her sister LeAnn, and 8 grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday August 30 at 11:00 am in the Bountiful South Stake Center, 1250 South Main, Bountiful, Utah. The Viewing will be at the Stake Center, Friday, Aug 29th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm as well as Saturday morning 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the funeral. We wish to thank Russon Brothers Mortuary for handling the funeral arrangements.
The children have established the following link for those wishing to contribute to a memorial funeral fund: www.gofundme.com/de8z64.

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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 27, 2014.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Viewing
06:00 - 08:00 PM
Bountiful South Stake Center
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30
Viewing
09:30 - 10:30 AM
Bountiful South Stake Center
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Funeral service
11:00 AM
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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August 30, 2014
Karen and I were roommates in Bountuful when she was working in Salt Lake. I was there when she got engaged! What a exciting time and wonderful memories! I will always remember her bright smile and her contagious laugh. We have kept in touch through Christmas letters and will miss hearing all about her family she loved so much. May the Lord's blessing be with all her loved ones at this most difficult time.
Connie Parkes
August 29, 2014
Dear Aunt Lois- we were very saddened to hear of Karens passing. Unfortunately I was so much younger than all of my cousins I didnt get the chance to know her, but mom (Joyce) has told me many wonderful things about them all. You are in our thoughts. With love Johanna Knipe Carter
Johanna Carter
August 27, 2014
dear aunt lois i am so sorry to hear about karens passing, she was such a beautiful person i have very many good memories of her .she was one of my favorite cousins, she will be missed. all my love to you aunt lois, from your niece jami selman and my mom joyce knipe.
jami selman selman
August 27, 2014
Dear Krista, Michael, Feyona, and Aayla:

I just wanted to let all you know that we are thinking of you in these difficult weeks following your mother's passing. The obituary brought tears to my eyes. She was obviously a loving mother and grandmother and I know she will be missed. Thinking of all of you and wishing you peace with the knowledge that you will be with her again after this earthly life. What a joy that reunion will be! May God's comfort be with you. Sandy Terry
August 27, 2014
Dear Cousin Lois: I am sorry to read about the loss of your daughter, Karen Ruth. I have not seen you for many years, but think about you often. Warm regards. David G. Calderwood
August 27, 2014
I remember Karen growing up in the Midvale 2nd Ward. I always thought she was a kind and friendly person with a fun laugh. I was a year older but remember those good ole days. Our prayers are with you at this time. MaryAnne Beratto Johnson
MaryAnne Johnson
August 27, 2014
Many good talks on the phone, many good laughs,many good memories!! I will truly miss my dear friend!
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