Carol Peterson Allen, 86, passed away peacefully, after a long struggle with illness, on January 25th, 2023, at Citrus Manor in Mesa, Arizona.
Carol was born on April 26th, 1936, in Ogden, Utah, to parents John Victor Peterson and Edna Hadley. Carol was their first child and oldest daughter. As a youth, Carol took second place in the Miss Roy Pageant in 1953 and won first place for a dress she made at Print Dress Day in 1954.
Carol graduated from Weber High School and met Covel Allen on a blind date, arranged by Covel’s brother-in-law, Lynn Slater. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple on May 23, 1958 and lived in Ogden, where they welcomed four of their five children. They moved thirteen times throughout their marriage, living in various cities in California including Hayward, Walnut Creek, Costa Mesa and Irvine (where their fifth and final child was born), finally settling in Phoenix.
Their family continued to grow as their children married and multiple grandchildren added to their joy. Carol was a doting mother and grandmother; spending countless hours cheering them on at athletic events, concerts, programs and award ceremonies. She has often commented how her greatest joy is being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren.
Carol worked many professional jobs through her lifetime working as receptionist and data entry specialist as well as a professional cake decorator, but always remained fiercely devoted to her family, allocating the bulk of her time and attention to their care. She was an excellent cook, producing her own legendary cookbook, and was always a willing and talented hostess. A talented seamstress and crocheter, she gifted many blankets, washcloths, booties and other items to her friends and family through the years.
Her loved ones will remember Carol as one who adored her family and had a very deep testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. She had a tender heart and never gave up on anyone. She chose to see the best in people, always looking for ways to help them see it too.
Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Covel Allen, and her brother Ray. She is survived by her five children, twenty-one grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Janet (Mel) and Sharon (Marnel).
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 31st from 11:00-12:00 with visitation from 10-11 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1550 N. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Arizona. On Saturday, February 4th, there will be a gravesite ceremony in Portage, Utah where she will be buried next to her beloved husband, Covel Allen.
Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
Dear Allen family, Janet informed me that your dear Mother/Grandma Carol passed away. I know you are a close knit family and it must be very hard on you. It’s difficult to cope with a loss of a dear one. Stay strong and accept our condolences. With love Christa and family