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Karen Christensen McLaws

09/23/1935 - 03/02/2024
Service Date: 03/23/2024
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 745 N Val Vista, Mesa, AZ 85213
Visitation Date: 03/22/2024
Visitation Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker University Chapel, 3529 E. University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85213
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Karen C McLaws was born on the 23rd of September 1935 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

She grew up and lived in Goshen and Shelley Idaho on a potato farm but moved with her parents and siblings to Mesa, Arizona in 1946 for one of her siblings’ health reasons. She attended Mesa High School and was the “head baton twirler” for the Rabbettes and loved her high school years.

She met and was courted by her to be husband Lester Dale McLaws and after graduating high school they were married and sealed in the Mesa Arizona Temple on June 5th 1953. Together they forged their family in Mesa. She was blessed with 4 boys. And was the only one, we believe, that could have raised her sons and prepared them to be honorable men who loved their mother. Dad and mom spent 56 years together in that endeavor.

She worked as a secretary for Charlie Randall for several years and also worked as a secretary for Whites and Associates before retiring.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband Dale McLaws on October 18th, 2009, her parents Dennis and Fern Christensen by her sister Betty Jo Abrahamson and her grandson Tanner McLaws. She had 12 grandchildren and has 29 great grandchildren to date. She lived a life full of service and love for family.

Mom passed on the 2nd of March 2024. She left this life peacefully and she knew where she was destined. She had a great and rare quality of total and complete unconditional love and a non critical nature.

Mom we love you, we miss you, and we will be with you again.


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.


  • Marnell McLawsDavis

    I was blessed to have the most wonderful sister-in-laws that anyone could ask for. My first baby sitting job was for Dale & Karen’s family. Being the first girl after 3 boys, those 4 boys were not a problem to handle. Karen was such a quiet calm spirit, whose smile made her eyes twinkle. The best pecan pie maker. We will miss her, but I know she is happy where she’s at with her beloved Dale, parent , and parents-in-law. She was truly loved by them

  • I never had the good fortune of meeting your mother. But I kind of knew her because she raised Chris who has been my friend for more than two decades. Anybody who could raise such a great person must have been a living saint. My condolences to all of you during these difficult days.

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