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Obituary for Karen Harvey Ortiz

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Karen Harvey Ortiz

August 23, 1972 - August 18, 2012

KAREN (HARVEY) ORTIZKaren’s life journey began August 23rd 1972. God’s grace took her home on August 18, 2012 relieving her of her courageous 3-year battle with cancer. She attended elementary school in Ogden and finished her schooling in Santa Maria, California. She was blessed with a beautiful daughter Chelsea Silva from her first marriage. Karen and Chelsea enjoyed California going to the beach, and yearly passes to Disneyland. She returned to Utah in 2004. Karen enjoyed friends, family, travel and her job in retail management. She married Luis Ortiz on August 21, 2009. On September 21 2009 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a day later was told she was also pregnant. While pregnant she underwent a mastectomy and chemo treatment. Joshua was born healthy on May 5 2010. She was diagnosed with brain cancer in January 2012. Karen is survived by her husband Luis Ortiz, daughter Chelsea Silva, son Joshua Ortiz, step sons Jeremiah and Jeremy, parents Dave and Betsy Harvey, sister Pamela (Harvey) Rodenhi. She will be dearly missed.Viewing will be on Friday, 6-8 PM, Aug 24th and Saturday, 10-10:45 AM, Aug 25th prior to the funeral service at 11AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th St., Ogden, UT 84403.Please send us your condolences and a memory at


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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012

Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403


Timeline for Karen Harvey Ortiz

Born: August 23, 1972
Died: August 18, 2012

Condolences for Karen Harvey Ortiz

Mindi Hansen posted on 3/13/13

I am nurse who worked very close with Karen during her initial diagnosis. Her story touched me and broke my heart, as a nurse you always try to not to get too invested in the patient, but I will always remember Karen. I prayed for her to be able to survive this disease so that she could spend time with her new family and her daughter, but God had other plans. I know she is in a better place now. God bless the ones she had to leave behind. Im so sorry. Again, I will always remember her and that beautiful little miracle she gave birth to.


Christy Gheno posted on 9/17/12

What a beautiful soul it was such a pleasure being a friend lots of great memories you'll always be remembered love you Karen rest in peace


Nicole Walker Stirling posted on 9/7/12

Karen was a great manager and friend. I did not know until now of her passing and offer my deepest condolences to her family and friends. I will always remember the great person she was and hope all will do the same. Take care. Nicole


Penny Cox posted on 8/23/12

One of the most beautiful souls that ever lived is in Heaven now with her Lord. I will forever be blessed and changed for having known her. I met Karen at Bible study and have many special memories of times spent with her. One of my favorites is that we would pray together and then she would spoil me by making me the the best spaghetti in the world. I miss her and my heart goes out to her family, and to all those who love her as I do.


Delores Baker posted on 8/23/12

I met Karen at Macy's through a work association. We had an instant connection. She was easy to talk to very professional and good at what she did. But I felt most connected to her as I learned that she had cancer in 2008. I shared with her my own personal story and loved that she felt like she could talk to me and ask questions and feel hope I also felt connected to her as we shared stories about our children. Karen had a deep love for her beautiful daughter Chelsey whom I had the opportunity of meeting once briefly and also adored her little man Joshua. Karen was full of compassion for others. She lived her life with a glass half full as she was more concerned about others than herself. I will miss her contagious smile, her generous manner and her love for life. I wish her family the lords blessing of comfort at this difficult time. May you always keep her spirit alive as she journey's into the next life before you. May God's Grace Bless each of her loved ones and may you all know what an amazing wife,mother,daughter, and friend that graced all of our presence. With love and condolence to your family Karen. Love your friend Delores. You will have to meet my Lindsay in the next life.


Warren and Kathryn Child posted on 8/22/12

When Karen moved to Utah in 2004, she became our neighbor, which was our good fortune. We immediately loved her and her then-little-girl, Chelsea. When Karen married Luis, we were delighted for her and ourselves as well, as he has been a good friend to us. I want to make note here that we have seen that Luis was a strong, faithful husband to Karen. Karen deserved that blessing.We remember Karen was a delightful person. We loved every moment that we had with her. She was cheerful, generous, patient… and more. She was a great hostess (many BBQs on the deck, by the fire pit); she was fun to be with. We know she was a wonderful mom; evidenced by the fine young woman that Chelsea has become, her faithfulness toward Joshua during her very difficult illness, and her unconditional love toward Jeremiah and Jeremy.This might seem like an odd thing to bring to remembrance, but I always thought Karen’s voice was unique and particularly beautiful. I loved the sound of her voice! Warren and I miss her very much. Her passing is a sorrowful thing for us. Yet we have comfort from the Bible which assures us that she is now present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5: 1-8) and we will see her again (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).


Richard Ross posted on 8/22/12

Luis, please accept my deepest sympathy,s at this most difficult time for you and your family.


Nicki Christensen posted on 8/22/12

I met Karen when I worked at Macys, she was such a sweet lady. I remember when she found out she was pregnant for the 2nd time she was so excited! We used to laugh and make jokes when she started losing her hair and finally just shaved it because it itched, and wearing wigs was such a pain.She will be greatly missed by everyone who's lives were touched by hers!