In Memory of



Obituary for Karen Talbot

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Karen Sanderson Talbot, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully on Monday, March 15, 2021 at the age of 83 after battling the long-term effects of Alzheimer’s. She took great joy and happiness in her family whom she served selflessly and loved dearly.

Daughter to Leland and Bernice Sanderson, Karen was born on August 1, 1937 in Kanab Utah. She grew up in Delta, Utah where she attended elementary, junior high, and high school. Her childhood was filled with a loving family and large circle of friends. Karen’s father Lee owned and ran Delta’s renowned Gem Cafe where Karen worked as a teenager after school and on weekends.

As the oldest of five, Karen often helped her mother in caring for her four younger sisters. She and her sisters always had a very close bond and they always sought out Karen for advice and looked to her as an example. Karen, as the oldest child, always had the responsibility of going downstairs each morning and stoking the old coal furnace so the house would be warm for the younger girls when they got up. They often recall how it always seemed to take forever on Christmas mornings for her to complete that task before they could open their presents.

While at college in Cedar City, Utah, Karen met future husband Sheldon H. Talbot. After their marriage for time and eternity in the Salt Lake temple on August 23,1957 they moved to Logan, Utah while Sheldon worked on his degree in Civil Engineering. After graduating, the couple settled in Orem, Utah to raise their family.

First and foremost Karen was a dedicated and loving mother to her five children. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Grandmother. She was kind and selfless and made every grandchild feel unique and treasured.

She was a talented vocalist and throughout her life sang in choirs and at numerous civic and church functions throughout Utah. Karen was also a skilled pianist and organist, filling her home with song and melody and teaching her children to appreciate music. She loved playing in church services, and later as a temple organist at the Timpanogos temple.

As a published author, poet, and artist Karen shared her considerable talents at every opportunity. Her youth and teen novel “Danger at Drum Mountain” was published and became well known throughout the inter-mountain west. Her poetry has appeared in several publications and she has shared her many paintings, water colors, and pencil and ink drawings with friends and family throughout the years.

Karen and Sheldon served in the New Mexico Albuquerque LDS mission from October 1999 to April 2001 where much of their time was spent with the Hopi Nation for whom they developed a deep and abiding love and respect. On returning from their mission, Karen and Sheldon moved to Cedar Hills, UT where they made many friends and served in numerous church callings.

Active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints her entire life, Karen served in many capacities in the Young Women, Relief Society, Primary and as chorister, organist, and musical director.

Karen is preceded in death by parents Leland and Bernice Sanderson, husband Sheldon H. Talbot, sister Sandra (Eccles) Bishop, and granddaughter Jessica Webb.

She is survived by sisters Rosemary (David) Lovell of Delta, Margaret (Bruce) Taylor of Delta, Patricia (David) Peterson of Hinckley; children Richard (Deborah) Talbot of Highland, Michael (Lisa) Talbot of Orem, Lisa (Bob) Pier of Lehi, Jeanette (Steve) Everett of Heber City, and Judi (Ryan) Pearson of Lehi. She also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, and 39 great-grandchildren who were the joy of her life.

Karen was a true fighter until the end. Her indomitable spirit and strength encouraged her family and friends to stand strong and persist in the face of life’s adversities and pain. She will be an everlasting inspiration to all she touched and will live on in our thoughts, memories, hearts, and stories.

The family would like to express gratitude to Tender Care Hospice and to Lex Mackey for her kindness and compassion.

A celebration of Karen’s life and her family and friends’ love for her is planned for Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home in Orem with a viewing from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by funeral service from 11:00am to noon. A Live Stream of services will begin at 11:00 a.m at

Graveside services and burial will be in the Orem City Cemetery.