Karen Zobell

Karen Zobell (Millet)

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Karen Anene Millet Zobell -- Our fun-loving, beautiful, kind, generous, bargain-hunting wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma passed from this life on Sunday morning, January 24, 2021.

Karen was the baby of her family, born January 31, 1946 to Archie and Wanda Millet. She grew up in south Provo, attending Franklin Elementary, Dixon Middle School and graduated from Provo High School.

In 1968, after a whirl-wind romance she met and married her husband of 53 years, Brent Leon Zobell. She was the loving mother of Kurtis, Melisa and Skyler and the doting grandmother to nine beautiful grandkids and great-grandma to one (plus one on the way!).

Mom was a collector - she had a weakness for anything with watermelons! Mom had copious amounts of decorations for every holiday and always made her home welcoming and fun for family and friends alike.

Mom had the innate ability to make people feel loved, accepted and important. She loved to find a bargain and her kids and grandkids were often the recipients of those treasured finds. But she didn't discriminate, friends would often get calls from mom asking if they needed something that she'd found at a yard sale or better yet - an estate sale.

Her love of finding a bargain was only eclipsed by her love for her family. It didn't matter if she was tired, in pain or just plain too busy - she'd make time for her kids and grandkids - they were everything to her and she would do literally anything for them.

Your sudden departure has left us breathless and our hearts are broken. We will miss you mom, you weren't without your faults but you loved us fiercely and wanted the best for us. It's time for you to rest now mom, you deserve it!

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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 29th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 29th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Orchard 4th Ward
    670 East 800 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID guidelines will be followed, masks required.
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am
    Orchard 4th Ward
    670 East 800 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID guidelines will be followed, masks required.
  • Funeral

    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, January 30th, 2021 12:00pm
    Orchard 4th Ward
    670 East 800 North
    Orem, Utah 84097
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Current COVID guidelines will be followed, masks required.


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Shelly Erickson

Posted at 01:40pm
I miss you Aunt Karen! We sure had fun times!

Sundy Anderson

Posted at 05:27pm
We loved Karen as our crossing guard. She was a fierce protector of children. I once got distracted by the school marquee and almost didn't stop for the crosswalk. The glare she gave me was so well-deserved. She always wanted to chat and she was such a wonderful to grandma for so many children who counted on her to safely take them to school and home each day.

John Hendricks

Posted at 07:40pm
My family was shocked and saddened to hear of Karen's passing. For years she handled the crosswalk at the end of our driveway and throughout that time we had many opportunities to visit. She was always ready to give us a friendly wave and act as an adopted grandmother to our young kids as they would play in the yard or when traveling to and from school. She brought us treats at Christmas and always had something to encouraging to say. After we moved to another part of the city, she happened to be driving down our street and recognized our car parked outside so she stopped in to say hello! We will miss her very much. The world needs many more people like her!

Cheryl Thomas Simmons

Posted at 06:31pm
Dear Brent, Melisa, Curtis and Skyler, Your Mom was one of my most favorite cousins!!! I was just a few years younger than her and I remember visiting her often in Provo with my Mom and Dad (Uncle Buzz and Aunt Carol) She planned the best and funnest family reunions! And I am so grateful that she did because we were able to get together and share memories before my Dad passed and it meant so much to him!!! I am so sorry I didn't read her obituary in time to make it to Orem for her life celebration! She traveled to Davis County often to be with us when we lost loved ones! She will be missed! My love to your family!!! Cheryl Thomas Simmons

Vickie Wilson

Posted at 12:46pm
Dear Cousin Brent and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Karen's sudden passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May you be comforted with you lifetime of memories. Love from Vickie, Randy and Doris (Staples)

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