It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Karen Sue Pehrson Allred, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She slipped peacefully from mortality on Saturday, July 9th, surrounded by her family.

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Karen Sue Pehrson Allred was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 31, 1944, to Paul Little and Ruth Elisa Ellefsen Pehrson. She was the fifth of eight children. Karen spent her childhood in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City, where her father, with whom she shared a special bond, was a prominent community leader. Karen was always a fighter. When she was a young child, she survived polio and had to learn to walk again. Later she survived a train wreck in the desert. Clearly, she had a mission to fulfill on this earth. Karen was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life and was devoted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed studying the scriptures and learning from classes and books those truths that brought her real joy and peace. She loved and stood firmly for what was right and was uncompromising in her beliefs.

Karen graduated from Olympus High School in 1962 and attended Brigham Young University. She married the love of her life and eternal companion, Robert Graham Allred, on June 11, 1964, in the Salt Lake Temple. While raising their family, Bob and Karen kept each other laughing and learning together in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Karen never wanted to be away from Bob’s side for any length of time. They loved each other deeply.

She focused her life and testimony on Jesus Christ and on her family – namely her husband of 58 years, her 7 children, 29 grandchildren and She loved and stood firmly for what was right and was uncompromising in her beliefs. 19 great-grandchildren. She was actively involved in her church callings, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP), and her neighborhood book club. Karen loved her rose garden, playing cards and going to lunch with her sisters, connecting with friends, reading, and all things pink.

Karen is survived by her husband, Bob, children Deborah (Tarvel) Tervort, Robert (Gennifer) Allred, Christina (Paul) Lingenbrink, Richard (Cara) Allred, Susan (Sanjay) Gogate, Stephen (Erin) Allred, her siblings, Janet Brown, Paul Pehrson, David Pehrson, and Pat Ricks. She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Richard “Ricky” Pehrson, and Nels Pehrson, sister Ruth Marlene Hill and son David Earl Allred.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at 11:00 am in the Alpine North Stake Center (1125 East Alpine Blvd, Alpine), with a viewing held on Tuesday, July 19th, from 6-8 pm and Wednesday from 9:30 - 10:40am at the same stake center. A dedication of the grave will be held at the Alpine Cemetery following the service.

Services

Viewing

Tuesday, Jul. 19, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Alpine North Stake Center
1125 East Alpine Blvd
Alpine, UT 84004

Viewing

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022 9:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Alpine North Stake Center
1125 North Alpine Blvd
Alpine, UT 84004

Funeral Service

Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Alpine North Stake Center
1125 North Alpine Blvd
Alpine, UT 84004

Family

  • Survived By
  • Robert G. Allred, Husband
  • Deborah Tervort, Daughter
  • Robert N. Allred, Son
  • Christina Lingenbrink, Daughter
  • Richard Allred, Son
  • Susan Allred, Daughter
  • Stephen Allred, Son
  • Janet Brown, Sister
  • Paul Pehrson, Brother
  • David Pehrson, Brother
  • Pat Ricks, Sister
  • Preceded in Death By
  • David Allred, Son
  • Paul Little Pehrson, Father
  • Ruth Elisa Ellefsen, Mother
  • Richard Pehrson, Brother
  • Nels Pehrson, Brother
  • Ruth Marlene Hill, Sister

Life Story Info

Author

Stephen Allred

Post Date

Jul 12, 2022

Personal Info

Born

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Died

Provo, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Natural Causes

Age

77

Gender

Female

Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Occupation

Homemaking

Education

  • High School
    Olympus High School
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Guestbook

It was good to see you all, even if I didn’t talk to you all. I felt carried the first year after my mother’s death and hope the same for you. Blessings on you all as you grieve.

Becky Alfred Lundwall , Provo, UT, US Jul 20, 2022

It has been so long since I've seen any Pehrson. Ruth was seen by me at the grocery store in cwh. Pat used to live in the same ward. David taught at Skyline HS where I would sub. Karen's picture shows she turned into a beautiful women.

Dawn Stewart Jul 13, 2022

Timeline


  • 1940
  • 1949

    Karen contracts the dreaded polio and loses the use of her legs. She recovers, but has to learn to walk again.

  • 1960
  • May 1962

    Graduated from Olympus High School

  • Sep 1962

    Karen attends BYU

  • Jun 11, 1964

    Married in the Salt Lake Temple to Robert G. Allred

  • Mar 1965

    Became a mother with the birth of Deborah.

  • 1970
  • May 1975

    Moved to Alpine

  • 1978

    Robert and Karen started their own business which would support them the rest of their lives.

  • 1980
  • 1987

    Became of Grandmother with the birth of Tyson.

  • 2010
  • 2011

    First great-grandchild born

  • 2020
  • Apr 2022

    Karen's last grandchild, Caleb, was born.