Kathryn Andersen Kartchner, 71, of Orem , Utah, passed away October 7th, 2023, after 20 years battling Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma and the ongoing, forever giving effects of the radiation used to treat it. Recent efforts to drain retained liquid off the brain revealed the presence of stage four ovary cancer spread throughout her abdomen. Her last few months have given many family members time for visits filled with tender moments of expressed love and gratitude for her life. There is no way to express appreciation to her sisters and sister-in-law who have tirelessly given of their time and love to make her final days enjoyable and filled with the spirit thru their

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constant presence.

She was born to the late Verlan and Shirley Andersen, September 21st, 1952, in Mesa, Arizona. Kathy graduated from Provo High School in 1970 and received a BS in Elementary Education from the BYU in 1974, doing her student teaching pregnant with Mark, her oldest child, throwing up every day of the pregnancy in and out of class.

She married Richard Taylor Kartchner in 1973, and they lived and raised their family mostly in Meridian, Idaho for thirty years before returning to Orem, Utah to enjoy retirement together. Kathy is survived by all nine children: Mark (Marianne), of Greenacres, Washington; Keriann (Tom) Barlow, of American Fork; Taylor (Wendy) of Meridian, Idaho: Kelli (Dan) Goodrick of Saratoga Springs; Keneth (Andrea) of Nampa, Idaho; Paul (Cami) of Rigby, Idaho; Jordan (Chantelle) of American Fork; Ethan of Bluffdale; and Claire (Kevin) Geddes of Naperville, Illinois. She is also survived by 42 grandchildren.

Kathy is beautiful in every way to her husband. She passed her appreciation of music to all her children, singing them to sleep at night How can I keep from singing? with family favorites, the most popular ones being impromptu compositions about any topic. Kathy was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. As her health declined, she inspired the title of the family biography, reflecting her unassuming gratitude of life: "How Can I Keep From Singing.” Kathy was a woman of faith, kindness and charity who loved deeply and always gave comfort and concern to others in spite of her personal physical challenges.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the LDS Chapel, 155 W 1600 S Orem, Utah, with visitation from 9:00 - 9:45 AM that morning. The burial will take place October 13th at the Provo City Cemetery with close friends and family.

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Memorial Service

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
155 W 1600 S
Orem, UT 84058

Memorial Service

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
155 W 1600 S
Orem, UT 84058


  • Survived By
  • Richard Kartchner, Husband
  • Mark (Marianne) Kartchner, Son
  • Keriann (Tom) Barlow, Daughter
  • Taylor (Wendy) Kartchner, Son
  • Kelli (Dan) Goodrick, Daughter
  • Kenneth (Andrea) Kartchner, Son
  • Paul (Cami) Kartchner, Son
  • Jordan (Chantelle) Kartchner, Son
  • Ethan Kartchner, Son
  • Claire (Kevin) Geddes, Daughter
  • Ladawn Jacob, Karen Redd, Lynette Lewis, Elaine Andelin, Sisters
  • Verlan Jr., Glenn Lee, Dean Andersen, Brothers
  • 42 Grandchildren, Grandchildren
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Verlan and Shirley Andersen, Parents
  • Timothy Andersen, Brother
  • Dale Andersen, Brother
  • Shirley Andersen, Sister

Life Story Info

Post Date

Oct 09, 2023

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Mesa, Arizona, United States


Orem, Utah, United States

Cause of Death






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Latter-day Saint


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We will miss you Aunt Kathy!!

Sally Wilkinson , Herriman, , UT, US Oct 14, 2023

Ardis and I moved to Meridian ID May 26 2006. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/ Autumn Faire Ward and a result of many Choir Rehearsals at the Kartchner's home, I was privileged to get to know Sister Kathy Kartchner and her Family fairly well.

Please accept my Condolences for completing Her Sojourn here on Earth so Young, but as with my Wife Ardis' who was Called Home Mar 2 2021 at age 87; Sister Kartchner too is now free from the Pain and Suffering experienced during her final years here on Earth.

Knowing if We Faithfully keep God's Commandments until we Complete Our Eartly Sojourn, We will be Togeather thru Time and All Eternity with Our Loved One's; and God our Eternal Father in Heaven and Jesus Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ thru Time and All Eternity! 😊

Raymond J Beers , Meridian, ID, US Oct 13, 2023

Kathy was & is an inspiration to me. Loved her fun outlook on life. Truly a spiritual giant. Love her foever.

Connie Lee , Meridian, ID, US Oct 13, 2023

Kathy was & is an inspiration to me. Loved her fun outlook on life. Truly a spiritual giant. Love her foever.

Connie Lee , Meridian, ID, US Oct 13, 2023


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