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Karen Robertson McKenzie

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1944 ~ 2011

Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister Karen Robertson McKenzie returned home to her Heavenly Father on Aug. 22, 2011, in West Valley City. We are grateful for the kind and expert care given to her by the doctors and staff at Pioneer Valley Hospital during this time.  

Karen was born on April 11, 1944, in Price, to Dean and Beth Robertson. She spent her early years in Price and graduated from Carbon High School. She later attended and graduated from Brigham Young University. During that time, she worked in the music department. Her love of music began at an early age and continued throughout her life. She was a skilled musician and blessed many with her talents. She also left BYU with a love of BYU sports and was an avid fan of almost any sport.  

She served a full-time mission in the French East Mission from 1966-1968. Her love of the French language and culture extended throughout her life and she often shared it with others.  

After her mission and college graduation, she moved to New York City, NY, where she met her husband and best friend Jeff McKenzie. They were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake temple on June 30, 1971. They had 40 wonderful years together and were the loving parents of seven children. During their marriage, Karen built a wonderful home and life for her family and had many friends wherever they went in Colorado, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Utah; including in West Valley City, which became their long term home. Her love for her children and grandchildren knew no bounds and she was always ready to serve in her church and neighborhood communities wherever she went.  

Karen was a woman of great strength and love. She had a firm testimony of her Savior and the eternal nature of His atonement. She devoted her life to her family and her community in ways too numerous to count. Even in the midst of illness, she was concerned about others and their needs. She leaves an incredible legacy of testimony, love, and laughter. We will miss her dearly.  

Karen is survived by her husband: Jefferson David McKenzie; her children and grandchildren: David and Eryn, Benjamin, Samuel, Nathaniel, Laurel, and Katelynn, McKenzie, Dean and Nikki, Alysha, Tyler, Andrew, and Skylee McKenzie, Karl and Rebecca, Justin, Morgan, (Kaeleigh), and Kyle McKenzie, Rebecca and Kennan, Patrick, Samantha, Marienne, and Anna Watt, Kevin and Nannette, Abigail and Carson McKenzie, and Emily McKenzie; and her siblings: Nancy Morgan, Robby Robertson, Rita Robertson, Michelle Robertson, Helen Robertson, Scott Robertson, and Mark Robertson.  

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her daughter Heather, and her granddaughter Kaeleigh.  

Services in her memory will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Harman Ward building at 4634 W. Harman Drive (3700 S.), West Valley City. Viewings will be held at the same location on Friday, Aug. 26 from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 27 from 9:45-10:30 a.m.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in her honor to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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