Lifelong Weber County resident, Karma Lou Wangsgard Smith, 92, passed away peacefully of natural causes in her home on September 22, 2021.
Karma was born in her parents’ home in Huntsville, Utah, on January 19, 1929. She was the youngest child of Louis B. and Ida Ione Maughan Wangsgard with older siblings, Myrle, Scott, Robert and Gay.
Karma grew up in Huntsville, helping with the family home and ranching chores while also attending Valley Elementary through 8th grade and graduating from Weber High School in Ogden in 1947. She carried many fond memories of her early years and continued friendships from this time throughout her life. Karma attended Weber State College for two years prior to getting married.
Karma married Charles H. Smith, of Clearfield, UT in June of 1949. Together, they raised five children while Dad ran a successful garden business, Smitty’s Garden Supply, and Mom worked full time for the Ogden City School District and Weber State. Karma and Charles enjoyed taking their kids on camping and fishing trips in the Uintah Mountains and many other places around the intermountain west. They also thoroughly enjoyed their friends and adventures with the geology group known as the Geodisciples with whom they traveled on many trips.
Mom was very bright, thrifty, creative, hard-working, and had a ‘can-do’ attitude regarding any task she set out to do. She always wanted to be doing something useful. She enjoyed volunteering with the Weber Library Literacy program. She was an outstanding cook, an expert seamstress, and could fix just about anything that broke. She enjoyed playing cards and doing word games to keep her mind sharp in her later years. She loved having visitors and hearing about all of her family members’ exploits. She also loved and appreciated her neighbors.
Karma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and all of her siblings, including in-laws. She truly represented the last of the Greatest Generation for our family.
Karma is survived by all of her children: Stephen Smith (Susan), Linda Edwards (John), Jeffrey Smith (Marty), Paul Smith, and Shelley Dyer (James). She is also survived by 13 grandchildren: Brady, Nathan, Kristen, Tyler, Shawn, Kellee, Eppy, Jay, Charlie, Nicholas, Julie, Holly, and Jamie, as well as 16 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Ben Lomond Cemetery in North Ogden at 11:00 am.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.leavittsmortuary.com