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Obituary for Karen Wilbur Hansen Jones

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Karen Wilbur Hansen Jones

July 6, 1941 - August 22, 2014

Karen Wilbur Hansen Jones
July 6, 1941 – August 22, 2014

Karen Wilbur Hansen Jones, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on Friday, August 22, 2014. Karen was born July 6, 1941 in Ogden, Utah to Earl Burton Wilbur and Ada Lucille James Wilbur. Karen married her first husband, Eskild Peter Hansen Jr., in 1963, and though they later divorced, they had two wonderful children together, Eskild Peter Hansen III and Menah Christina Hansen Strong. In 2007, Karen found happiness again when she met and married Robert (Bobby) Dean Jones, and their marriage was solemnized in the Ogden Temple on March 19, 2011.

Karen attended Polk Elementary, Lewis Junior High, graduated from Ogden High School in 1959, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Utah. She was very proud of her strong work ethic, and was employed by the University of Utah, as well as Mountain States Telephone, the Forest Service, a smattering of part-time odd jobs, and the Internal Revenue Service, from which she retired after 32 years of service.

Karen’s great passion was horses, and she always yearned to own a horse. Karen finally achieved that dream for the first time after her high school graduation, and owned many horses from that time until her passing. She was a great riding instructor who had lots of patience and great advice.

Karen was a faithful and active member of the LDS Church. She embodied devotion, thoughtfulness, and generosity to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed and always loved.

Karen is survived by her husband, Bobby Jones, her children, E. Peter (Ann) Hansen III, and Menah (Todd) Strong, her brother, Paul James (Twyla) Wilbur, and her three special grandchildren, Colby, Carson, and Sydney Strong, who were very near and dear to her heart. Also surviving are two special nieces and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Special thanks to family, friends, neighbors, and ward members who gave their help, compassion, and affection to Karen.
An Irish Blessing
If God sends you down a stony path,
may he give you strong shoes.
Friends may gather to visit with the family on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Leavitt Mortuary, 836-36th Street, Ogden, from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 p.m.

Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.

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Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time: 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: July 6, 1941
Died: August 22, 2014

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B. Scott Best posted on 9/16/14

To Karen's Family and loved ones, We just saw the news of Karen's Passing in the Valley News and we want you to know that we send you heartfelt wishes. We are so sorry for your loss. We had not seen Karen for a couple years but we thought of her often. Lots of love, The Best family in Eden.


Susan Ferrero posted on 8/27/14

Karen Wilbur Hansen Jones Your neighbors and friends in Hooper send our sincere symphony to the entire family, we are so sorry for your loss.


Shirley cook coley Larson posted on 8/27/14

so sorry to hear about your loss she was a great friend loved talking to her when she would come to see Coley and myself my she rest so sorry again


Jill Bateman Dunn posted on 8/27/14

Karen and I were schoolmates K-12 finishing l959 at Ogden High School. And started Brownie Scouts together in 2nd grade. We even drove to Boise for a brownie Reunion two years ago. We will miss her!


Cheryl Smith posted on 8/26/14

I am truly sorry for your loss. Karen was a special person and a good friend.


Annie posted on 8/26/14

Karen was a joy to know, and I'm going to miss her very much.