Karen Marie Utz, 71, wife of retired Rev. Gary Utz, of Hiddenite, NC passed away after an extended illness on December 2, 2014 at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville, NC.
Born April 4, 1943, in Denver CO. to the late Paul B. Young and Shirley L. Young. Mrs. Utz was a homemaker, former registered nurse and pastor in the United Methodist Church, most recently affiliated with South River United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Jobs Daughters.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Gary E. Utz; a son Victor E. Utz of PA.; a daughter Elizabeth Korte (husband Kent) of Hiddenite; six grandchildren, Brenna Uncles, Nichols Uncles, KaLee Willis, KaDee Korte, Harley Korte and Jade Utz; four great grandchildren, Seth Willis, Alex Seamon, RyLee Willis and Oliver Korte.
A memorial service was held December 6, 2014, at South River United Methodist Church. Rev. Gary Utz, Rev. Larry Scott and Rev. Selena Scott officiated.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Gordon Hospice House at 2347 Simonton Rd. Statesville, NC 28625.
Chapman Funeral Home of Statesville handled arrangements.