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Karen Pederson (Cook, Rasmussen)

Karen Cook Rasmussen 1947 ~ 2007 Our sweet mother Karen Cook Rasmussen, 59, passed away March 8, 2007 after many years of quietly enduring type 1 diabetes. Karen was born December 14, 1947 in Logan, Utah the only child of Claire G. Pedersen and Gayla Larsen. She graduated from Highland High School in 1966. She married Stephen R. Cook in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived 12 years in England and had six children together. They were married 27 years. Karen married the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Rasmussen March 7, 2007 after being together for 9 years. Bob's unwavering tenderness toward our sweet mom will never be forgotten. Together they shared the perfect love. Karen's greatest pleasures were not in things but in her family. She found great delight in the loving relationship she shared with each of her children and grandchildren. Her everyday life was a reflection of her inner testimony. Her joyful spirit was evidence of her grateful heart. She endured to the end without complaint, leaving a legacy we will strive to uphold until our joyous reunion. Karen is preceded in death by her parents; half siblings, Doug and Kecia; and most recently by her son-in-law, Jared Bentley. She is survived by husband, Bob; children, Tamra (Barry) McMullin of Darien, CT; Andree Bentley of Kearns, UT; Rebecca (Kirk) Weisler of Fayetteville, GA; Carilee (Brant) Hostetter of Salt Lake City; Joe (Chelsea) of Salt Lake City; and devoted daughter, Lindsey, who selflessly served mom throughout her life. Also, survived by 15 beautiful grandchildren, Stockton, Spencer, Samuel, Isaac, Cassidy, Madison, Thomas Jay, Tanner, Brittany, Jacob, Joshua, Brooklyn, Ashlyn, Anthony, Marcus; and all of Bob's loving children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 13, 2007, 12:00 noon at the Winder 2nd Ward, 1361 East 4000 South, Holladay, Utah. Viewing will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2007, at Wasatch Lawn, 4101 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

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02/25/16 11:26 PM #1    

Karen Elliott

Karen was a little faerie teen with her big eyes and lashes she pulled out often.  She was a loyal friend and it saddens me to think she was dealing with diabetes Type 1.  No kids want to be different.  I wonder if Karen's frequent absence from school and her eating habits (crazy, minimal) were related to hiding her disease.  She was such a free spirit it makes me smile to know she flew the coop and lived in England.

02/27/17 07:05 AM #2    

Cheri Murphy (Hh '65) (Guertler)

Actually, Karen was quite well all through high school it was 2005 that she developed physical problems, and never complained about it.  I don't remember her being gone that often, but suspect it was sloughing with her loyal friends. She was the sweetest person and so very kind to everyone no matter what kind of life's problems they either chose for themselves or didn't.  No one can compare with the goodness of that lady never having said a derogatory thing about anyone.  Her eating habits were no different than any of us at that age and were not a direct cause of diabetes and she is still missed, with or without her eyelashes. 

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