Karen Elaine Thomas

11/30/1944 ~ 9/4/2021

Karen Elaine Thomas, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend returned home to her Heavenly Parents September 4, 2021.

Karen was born November 30, 1944 to Don Carlos Coffey and Catherine Louise Genter in
Indianapolis, Indiana.

Her family moved to the family farm near Upton, Kentucky. After graduating from High School at the age of 17, she studied nursing at Kentucky’s first nursing school, Norton Memorial Infirmary, in Louisville, Kentucky, where she became a registered nurse.

Karen met the love of her life, John M. Thomas, at Fort Knox, Kentucky while he was serving in the military. Karen and John were married September 14, 1965 in the Salt Lake Temple, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Karen worked as a registered nurse in the states of Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, and Utah. Karen spent the last 20 years of her career at Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, where she retired as Director of Nursing in 1998.

Karen joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1962, along with her family. She was a faithful and dedicated member of the church and served in many callings including: Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Relief Society President, Young Women’s Leader, and Primary Teacher. Karen had a sweet and firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, of eternal life, and eternal families.

Her greatest joy in this life was her family. She and her husband, John, raised four boys. Karen looked forward to visiting family and she especially loved to hangout with her grandkids. She loved to tease, joke, tell stories, watch movies, and make memories with them baking.

Karen was blessed with many talents that she used to bless the lives of others. She was an extraordinary seamstress, sewing many blankets and dresses for her grandkids, and was known for her cooking and baking skills. Karen loved life: she loved traveling, camping, fishing, and walks on the beach. She was adventurous and loved to learn and try new things such as Cross-Country Skiing and Flying in Alaska, making Prickly Pear Jam in Arizona, and teaching emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Utah.

She made anyone who visited her home feel instantly welcomed and loved, not just by the home baked goods and meals she had ready for them, but by the kindness she shared and the genuine concern she showed. Karen was a blessing to all that knew her.

Karen was preceded in death by Wendy Janine Thomas (daughter), Don Carlos Coffey (father), Catherine Louise Genter (mother), Catherine Elizabeth Marrin (sister), and Don Carlos Coffey Jr. (brother). Karen is survived by her husband, John M. Thomas, Sons: Michael Lynn Thomas (daughter-in-law, Kristin), John Gregory Thomas (daughter-in-law, Sheila), Christopher Brian Thomas (daughter-in-law, Karen), Matthew Quentin Thomas (daughter-in-law, Danette), David Anthony Coffey (brother) and Deborah Anne Fore (sister), along with seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Thanks for the outstanding care and service provided to Karen by the Intermountain Hospice team.

Funeral services will be held Friday September 10, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Cedar Creek Ward in Spring City, UT (7655 East 15000 North). Viewings will be held Thursday September 9, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. prior to services both at the church. Interment in the Spring City Cemetery. Click Here to Watch Live. The live Zoom link will activate at 12:45 p.m. MST 9/10/2021

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7 Responses to “Karen Elaine Thomas”

  1. Bonnie Mellor says:

    John and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences. I admired Karen’s testimony and appreciated her strength in the gospel. I benefitted from her talents and testimony when she served as Relief Society president and gospel teacher in the spring city 1st ward. She always accomplished so much and with such energy. Our prayers are with you and your family. Sending our love,
    Von and Bonnie

  2. Shirley Rodarte says:

    I very grateful for the kind and generous friendship of Karen and John. She was a classy, talented, and down to earth person. She had a strong character that showed she knew who she was and she lived her life with purpose. I feel much of that purpose was surrounded in her families needs. When she had grandchildren she loved them with a unique love only Grandmothers can feel. She planned any personal activities with only them. She was up to long drives to visit in the homes of her kids and her beloved grandchildren.
    I personally thought of her as a good friend who could help me look at my some of my challenges in a new perspective which gave me the courage to keep trying. I never got to visit her long enough.
    I pray John and each of her children receive the comfort from Heavenly Father that I know she would want them to receive. !

  3. Marilyn Arbogast says:

    So sorry for her struggles w illness. It’s never easy to see someone u love sick. Just honor her strength and courage to do it w faith and hope in eternal blessings. She would want u all to be happy remembering what u shared together and experienced. She would want your steadfastness in Gospel living and love for Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for her kindness to Danette and us.

  4. Gail Ann Cloward says:

    John and family: we were saddened by Karen’s passing, but also joyful for her. She is no longer in pain. Your healing can start now. She was strong in her beliefs and a true friend. We are no longer close but wish you all the best. Gail Cloward, Amy Bingham, Warrensburg Mo.

  5. Sally and Welby Scott says:

    Our sweet friend we will certainly miss her. We enjoyed her happy smile and always positive attitude… She made me feel better after leaving from a visit… her wonderful laugh, warmed my heart … she always worked hard at whatever assignments she was given… we always had a great Ward program each week! Looking forward to our next meeting with her…,
    Love Sally and Welby Scott

  6. Sally & Welby Scott says:

    Please know we will miss our sweet friend… We enjoyed her happy smile and her always, positive attitude… She made me feel better after leaving from a visit… her wonderful laugh warmed my heart.. I can still hear her…. She always worked hard at whatever assignments she was given… we always had a great Ward program each week! We are looking forward to our next visit with her…
    Much love and condolences…. Sally and Welby

  7. Chase Mitchell says:

    We love you friend! You have been a great example to me. Lord comfort and bless you.

    The Mitchell’s