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Karren Hannig Leslie

September 30, 1924 — June 7, 2024

St. George

Karren Hannig Leslie

Karren Hannig Leslie passed away on June 7, 2024, at her home in St. George, Utah, at the age of 99. She was born on September 30, 1924, in Washington, Utah to Joseph and Sopha Prince Hannig.
 
Karren was a loving, energetic, youthful person even at 99.
 
 
She is survived by her daughter, Debra J.Thomson, her sons, Chris L. Leslie (Marie), Lance A. Leslie (Soya), and her "adopted" daughter, Nieu Lana Nguyen along with 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Karren was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick L. Leslie, her son, Kenneth F. Leslie, a granddaughter, Tessa Sophia Leslie, and her son-in-law, Terrell A. Thomson.
 
 
Karren attended Washington Elementary School, Washington, Utah and graduated from Dixie High School, St. George, Utah in 1942.  During World War II, Karren worked in San Diego, California at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft (Convair) as a "Rosie the Riveter", and at North Island repairing Catalina and Coronado airplanes that had been damaged in combat.   She met Fred Leslie while she was working at Convair.  They were married on January 7, 1945, in Yuma, Arizona.  They made their first home in San Diego, but later moved to El Cajon, California where they spent the rest of their married life.  They were sealed in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Los Angeles Temple on 25 June 1960.   

When Karren's first three children were in school, she went to Grossmont College in El Cajon, California and graduated with her Licensed Vocational Nursing degree.  She went to work as a nurse in the labor and delivery unit of Grossmont Hospital.  She worked there for over a year when she found she was expecting another child.  She always said working with those newborns made her wish for another baby.  Her youngest son, Lance came to the family, and she quit working so she could take care of him.  She later became a distributor for Forever Living Aloe Vera products, but her primary labor was being a devoted wife and mother to her four children.  After her husband Fred passed away, she moved back to St. George, Utah.  She loved St. George and the warm climate.
 
 
She is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She faithfully served in many callings in her ward and stake.   Karren loved to shop and had a passion for her garden and flowers.  She loved to travel and was thrilled to visit Europe, a place she never thought she would go.   Her last trip was a week before she died when she visited Vail, Colorado for her granddaughter's baby shower.  
 
 
Her funeral is 11:00 am (viewing from 9:30 to 10:45 am prior to the service) on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at the Knolls Ward Chapel, 3860 S. Bentley Road, St. George, Utah.  

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454.

Family and friends are invited to sign Karren’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

9:30 - 10:45 am (Mountain time)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Knolls Ward

3860 South Bentley Road, St. George, UT 84790

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 15, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Knolls Ward

3860 South Bentley Road, St. George, UT 84790

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

12:15 - 1:15 pm (Mountain time)

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