Karen Marie Fisher (neê Johnson) was born to Linda Marie Johnson and Von Leroy Johnson on February 18, 1948, in Provo, Utah. Karen spent her growing up years in Orem and attended Orem High where she was a member of the Tigerette Club her Senior year (“Roar for Orem High!”) in 1966.

Karen married Michael Brown shortly after high school and had three children: Paul, Mariann, and Tricia. Karen and Michael later divorced.

On December 7, 1972 Karen married her husband of 50-years Douglas Fisher. Doug joyfully adopted Paul, Mariann, and Tricia on December 11, 1973. The final child, Daniel, joined the Fisher brood in 1974, and the family was sealed for all eternity in the Provo Utah Temple on February 16, 1977.

Karen worked for over 20-years in the Granite School District as an instructional assistant for special needs students (at the Hartvigsen School). In addition to helping her students, Karen spent countless hours sewing costumes for the school’s annual production of ‘The Nutcracker’. She enjoyed the challenge of creating highly personalized costumes suited to each individual student, including those with severe physical and mobility challenges.

Karen was known for her love of flowers. After retiring from Hartvigsen, Karen enjoyed a second career as a floral artist for many years at The Flower Patch in Salt Lake City. Karen’s love of flowers extended well beyond the fresh variety. Karen created beautiful silk flower arrangements for church functions, home decorations and gifts for friends and family. Much to the chagrin of her loving family, Karen loved to incorporate local flora into her arrangements, and frequently made stops along roadsides from West Valley to Winnemucca in search of the perfect accent foliage for her next arrangement.

During her youth, Karen developed Type 1 Diabetes resulting from a bout of Scarlet Fever. Karen suffered nearly her entire life from the direct impact of Type 1 Diabetes, as well as the numerous peripheral impacts of the disease. Karen bore with quiet dignity the daily suffering caused by her many health challenges, and seldom complained, even in her final days. She was an example of fortitude to all who knew her. In 2020, she was honored by the University of Utah Health System with a luncheon honoring her as one of the longest-lived juvenile diabetics in the Salt Lake Valley.

Karen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in several callings throughout her lifetime. She especially enjoyed serving in the Relief Society and teaching Sunday School. Karen loved her eternal companion and was always proud of her children and grandchildren and their many accomplishments.

Karen was preceded in death by a beloved grandson, James Madison Ricks in 2016 brother Gerald Johnson, parents Von and Linda Johnson, parents-in-law Bert and Donna Fisher.

Karen is survived by her husband Douglas Fisher, children Paul (Cindy) Fisher, Mariann Camomile, Tricia (Rodrigo) Casaos, and Dan (Penny) Fisher as well as ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services

Viewing

Friday, May. 05, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Harman Ward Building
4634 Harman Dr.
West Valley City , UT 84120

Funeral Service

Saturday, May. 06, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Harman Ward Building
4634 Harman Dr.
West Valley City , UT 84120

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Post Date

May 03, 2023

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75
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Karen was my cousin. Our Dad, Bill was Vons brother. Have so many wonderful memories of Karen and Gerald! Aunt Linda used to tell us coffee would turn our knees black when we were kids🌷

Tricia Sumsion , Am Fork Ut, UT, US Feb 23, 2024

Karen was my favorite cousin,, many fantastic memories growing up,,

Clark & Vickie Johnson Feb 23, 2024

Karen was my favorite cousin,, many fantastic memories growing up,,

Clark & Vickie Johnson Feb 23, 2024

Praying you all will be comforted by the many happy memories. Karen gave comfort and care to many people. She offered her friendship and unconditional love to me and I'm sure to so many others. She shared her talents with us all. Hugs to all of you.

Love Joni

Joni (Bown) Peterson , South Jordan, UT, US May 21, 2023

Praying you all will be comforted by the many happy memories. Karen gave comfort and care to many people. She offered her friendship and unconditional love to me and I'm sure to so many others. She shared her talents with us all. Hugs to all of you.

Love Joni

Joni (Bown) Peterson , South Jordan, UT, US May 21, 2023

Doug and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for all of you.

Leron Putnam , West Valley City, UT, US May 05, 2023

Doug and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort for all of you.

Leron Putnam , West Valley City, UT, US May 05, 2023

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