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Mary DeLoris "D" Karstens, 76, passed away December 4, 1994 at the Sandy Regional Center after a long battle with cancer.

Mary "D" was born to Joseph and Mary Jane Gordon Eilers in Cherokee, Iowa February 22, 1918.On August 22, 1941, she married Albert Herman "Shorty" Karstens and to that marriage was born one daughter. From 1944 to 1980, Mary "D" resided in Spencer, Iowa, but due to failing health of her husband they moved to Salt Lake to be closer to their daughter.

She worked many years as a waitress, hostess, and manager of establishments. She was a long time member of the WBA, Eagles and VFW Auxiliaries.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Thorne of West Jordan, Utah; grandson, Troy "T.J." Thorne of Riverton, Utah; few relatives and friends. Mary "D" is preceded in death by her husband, sister and two brothers.

Mary "D" and her daughter would like to thank Dr. Kevin Johnson and staff, S.L. Oncology, C.N.S., and Sandy Regional for all the kind and loving care that was given. Also to all of the friends that gave love and support, "Thanks for being there."

In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local Cancer or Arthritis foundations.

In independent spirit, a lover of life, a friend to all, Mary "D" has left us all with wonderful memories and great emptiness.


Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free

I'm following the pat God has laid you see,

I took His hand when I heard him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way.

I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joys,

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow,

My life's been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief,

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee

God wanted me now; He set me free.

Interment, Valley View Memorial Park, under direction of Deseret Memorial Mortuary.

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