Karen Rae Graff Crosby, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by 3 generations of family on April 15, 2016, in St. George, Utah. She was born December 3, 1941, in St. George, Utah to Grant Allen and Florence Dorene Tolley Graff.
Karen was raised in Santa Clara, Utah where she attended school locally. She married Charles William Crosby on December 6, 1958, in Santa Clara, Utah. Together they had 5 children and raised their family in Middleton, Utah.
Karen loved going for a ride on scenic backways. She enjoyed baking and making candy. She was a talented quilter.
After her children were raised she went to work as a waitress at Paulas Cazuela. There she forged many lifelong friendships.
Karen loved her family. She especially loved being a grandmother. She made a great effort to gather family together for parties and reunions.
Karen had a witty sense of humor, but never at the expense of others. Through her illness she always remained hopeful. Close friends and relatives often referred to Karen as “strong and independent” of that she was proud.
She is survived by her children, Lori Hutchings (Wayne) of Provo, Utah, Kyle (Shanna) of St. George, Utah, Shannon Montano (Rick) of Santa Clara, Utah, Gary Allen of Reno, Nevada, Tyler (Mona) of St. George, Utah; 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; brothers, Algene “Spud” Graff (Dixon) and William T. Graff (Ann).
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; and brother, David Graff.
- Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel, 110 S. Bluff, St. George, Utah.
- There will be a viewing Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. and also Wednesday prior to services from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Mortuary.
- Interment will take place in the St. George City Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-635-2212.
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