Karen Ruth Wathen Wilfong

1943 ~ 2022

Karen Ruth Wathen Wilfong, 79, our mother, grandmother and friend passed away September 1, 2022.

Born April 6, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Daughter of Henry and Cora Wathen, sister of Victor Henry Wathen and Wanda Wathen Williams.

Karen’s pleasures in life were found in the service of others, the moments with her family and friends, playing her tablet games: ‘Hay Day’ and ‘Farmville’, crocheting, watching and commenting on her loved one’s adventures on Facebook. Karen spent most weekends with her best friend Dee playing cards, bingo and her slot machines in Mesquite and Wendover, Nevada.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Ostler Hansen (Dale), Julie Ostler Fronk (Earl), her son Robert “Bobby” Henry Ostler (Leticia); 25 grandchildren and spouses; 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandbabies on the way and her dear friend, Diana “Dee” Proveaux.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 9, 2022, at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah. A family viewing will begin at 12:30 p.m. and graveside services will follow at 1:00 p.m..


Love you mom so much I hope you can hear us and I wish I touch my heart to let me know what you’re doing OK I know you are. You’re a wonderful mom mom mom I love you so much and wish you were here with me now driving me freaking nuts but you’re happy you’re healthy and you’re running around and I hope you’re drinking or whiskey and water and your gin and tonic I love you mom

- Dale and Cheryl

I loved this lady. I love visiting with her every time I would go to Cheryl’s. I will miss not seeing her there 🫶🌹💕 R I P Karen

- Martha STERZER

So sorry for your loss. I know it's hard but she is pain free now and happy. Sending love to you all.

- Kathy Smith

I love you so much mom, I know that your in a better place and your not hurting anymore you have you health back. You will be missed more that you know. I hope you are have a Gin and Tonic, and your whiskey and water. I know you’re with your family with Jim you’re well loved and your home.I think about you everyday and I will forever. I LOVE YOU MOM

- Dale & Cheryl Hansen

Cheryl it's Alan Jim's brother hey I wanted to reach out I'm sorry you lost your mom if I would have known I would have been there she's a great and awesome woman she always inspired me to be the greatest I could ever be sometimes I let her down sometimes I made her smile but if there's anything I can do please reach out to me at 801-913-9194
Again I'm sorry for your loss I would love to hear from you however so if you get this please call me and if anyone else would like to reach out to me you have my number call I'm in St George and doing amazing love you all and I hope you all find the strength to move forward for such an amazing woman

- Allan sims

So sorry about the loss of your mother. I wish we had know we sure would have been there. She and Tony were very close and they always were kidding with other. He was very sad today when I found her obituary. Growing up I so admired her. She was so pretty. When I would go to grandma and grandpa Wathens she would let me go in her room and sit on her bed and we would talk. I am sure that mother and uncle Victor are so happy to have their sister back.

- Bonnie and Tony Kerns