Karen Clark Beck passed peacefully into the next life on April 13, 2022, her 75th birthday, with her daughter at her side and after her second courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born on April 13, 1947 and is the oldest of five children born to M. Floyd Clark and Emma Jean Dalton of Georgetown, Idaho. Raised on a diary farm, Karen learned the value of hard work and was always an early riser. She was not a fan of the farm work, so was given the responsibility of the household chores. This freed the rest of the family to take care of the farm.
Karen attended LDS Business College and Ricks College for a time. At the latter, she made friends that would last a lifetime and beyond. She worked for Bear Lake County, Idaho for a short period and then ventured to Salt Lake City to work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Genealogy department before those activities were turned over to volunteers. While in Salt Lake, she met and married John Lee Beck in 1974. The marriage was later solemnized in the Logan temple. Although later divorced, this union blessed Karen with a daughter, Kimberlee, whom she cherished, loved, and raised well. After returning to work upon her divorce, Karen became a seamstress. She worked for many years at Catalina and then at Beehive Clothing. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She worked almost full-time through all of her treatments and beat the cancer, although a little worse for wear. She retired from Beehive Clothing in 2008.
Karen enjoyed hand work and sewing throughout her life. She made many of Kim’s clothes when she was little. She knitted sweaters, afghans, dishcloths, and many other things. She hand embroidered many pillow cases, table cloths, and dresser scarves. She also tied many quilts and in recent years had started to piece some quilt tops together.
Karen always had a sweet spirit and thought of others constantly. She would often get a feeling that something wasn’t right somewhere in her circle of family and friends (calling it “her feeling”). She would not rest until she found the source of trouble and did her best to help in the ways she could. She was often taking meals into families in need without being asked or offering a shoulder to cry on. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions including nursery leader, primary worker, visiting teaching supervisor and coordinator, and Sunday School secretary which she said was probably her favorite calling.
When Karen was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma at the end of 2021 and was told that it had metastasized to several other parts of her body, she valiantly chose not to pursue treatment and return sooner rather than later to her Father and Heaven and other family members on the other side. She received the best birthday present she could have by being allowed to do this on her 75th birthday. Through the various health challenges and physical limitations in her life, Karen always said that it could always be worse and she was glad she didn’t have to deal with someone else’s problems.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Emma Jean. She is survived by her daughter Kimberlee, brother Scott Clark (Mizue) of Kanazawa, Japan, and sisters Janet Clark of Concrete, Washington, Robin Landfair of Benson, Utah, and Bette Sears (Greg) of Portland, Oregon. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be missed by all.
A viewing will be held at the Jenkins-Soffe mortuary at 1007 West South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah on Friday, April 15, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 pm with a family prayer to immediately follow. A graveside service will then be held in the Georgetown City, Idaho cemetery on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 11:00. Friends and family are welcome to attend either or both.
Karen’s family wishes to thank Legacy House of South Jordan and its staff as well as Intermountain Hospice (especially Amber) for assisting with Karen’s care in the last few months of her existence on this earth.
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