Carol LoRaine Phipps Otteson
1931 ~ 2017

Carol LoRaine Phipps Otteson, 85, of Cedar Hills, UT peacefully passed into immortality on April 12, 2017. She was born to John Curtis Phipps and Clara Evans on October 6, 1931 in Eureka, Utah, and spent most of her childhood in Spanish Fork, her adult life in Orem, and retiring in Cedar Hills. She lived a full life of love, warmth and service.

Carol graduated from Spanish Fork High School and married Hans LeRoy Otteson on July 19, 1950. They began their family of seven soon after he returned from his military service in Korea, and their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on March 25, 1971. Family was everything to her; she thought of them first and foremost in every choice she made. As a teen she cared for her maternal grandmother, she supported her children and grandchildren in all their varied activities, made many of their clothes for them, and she cared for her mother-in-law for 20 years, without complaint, as well as caring for her terminally ill daughter in California.

Carol's vocation was homemaking, serving her husband and children with love and dignity, but she held many jobs to support the family when necessary, including waitress, nursing home, lunch lady, sewing factory, etc. She volunteered with the Miss Orem Pageant and chaperoned at the Miss America Pageant, she was an active member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and the Red Hat Society. She cherished the friendships she made from high school, neighborhoods, clubs, church, co-workers, etc. As an avid reader, Carol read thousands of books and enjoyed trading books and story lines with her grandchildren. She had a sharp mind, she loved to work on crossword puzzles and she enjoyed lively conversations about politics, sports and celebrities, including Dance Moms.

Carol endured to the end as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in her last weeks in mortality expressed a deep faith in meeting her Savior. She held many callings and consistently fulfilled them, including Young Women’s, Primary, library, Sunday School, Relief Society, service missionary as a member locator, etc. Grandma will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure to be a part of her life. She will leave behind a huge gap of warmth and love that nobody can fill but her. Her kindness, her love, her empathy, and positive words of encouragement will never be forgotten. She will live on forever in our minds and in our hearts, and into the eternities.

Carol is survived by her children, Lorraine (Douglas) Peck of Highland, Utah; Steven (Pamela) Otteson of Federal Way, Washington; James (Teresa) Otteson of Cedar Hills, Utah; and Michael (Rhea Dawn) Otteson, of North Salt Lake, Utah. She is also survived by 32 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild due in a few months, as well as two siblings, Linda Lowe and Blaine Phipps. She was preceded in death by her husband her children, Denise (Saia) Hafoka, Jon (Debra) Otteson, and Darren Otteson, and one grandchild and two great-grandchildren, as well as her parents and two siblings, Lois Greenhalgh and Don Phipps.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Cedar Hills 7th LDS Ward Chapel, 9737 North Chesterfield Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends may call Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah and also at an additional viewing on Tuesday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church interment will take place in the Orem City Cemetery following services. Carol wished that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to organizations supporting diabetes and cancer treatment and research.

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