1931 - 2013
Our loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away peacefully on December 23, 2013 at her home in Sandy, Utah. She was born July 7, 1931 to Henry Jay and Elizabeth Webb Black in Ogden, Utah where she was raised. She married her sweetheart, F. Wesley Orten, June 11, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised their family in Salt Lake City, Utah and Placentia, California.
She retired from working at Fullerton College (California) as a receptionist/switchboard operator in 1991, when she and Wes returned to Utah. Being a homemaker and raising her family were her greatest accomplishments and brought her the most joy. When her whole family was together, she was the happiest. She blessed her family with her many talents and hobbies which included home decorating, floral arranging, basket weaving, organizing, and antique collecting. Of all her gifts and talents, her family appreciated most her ability to tune-in to things of the heart...she taught us all how to love.
A highlight of her life was a three-week trip to Israel with Wes through his employment with Church Education, where she walked where Jesus walked, seeing the Garden Tomb and Sea of Galilee, which were her favorite sites. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and studying and annotating the scriptures with Wes.
Throughout her life, she served in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, her favorites being Young Women’s leader, counselor in Relief Society, and Visiting Teacher. She and Wes served an inner-city mission in the 9th Ward (Salt Lake) where her great-grandfather had been the first Bishop.
She loved the beauties of nature and noticed the small details in flowers, leaves and rocks, always pointing out to us, “There is a God!” She had this same sentiment when she saw her newborn grand babies.
Kathryn is survived by her eternal companion, F. Wesley Orten; her children, Juliann (David) Rees, Suzann (Larry) Hoyt, James (Cindy) Orten, John (Jennifer) Orten, 15 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; her sisters, Pauline Cannon, Marjorie Smith, Joan Hancock and Jacqulyn Frandsen. She is preceded in death by her mother and father; her brother, Dale Black; and her sister, Beatrice Dent.
Funeral services will be held Monday, December 30, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Union 5th Ward, 7784 S. Highland Drive (2000 East) with a silent viewing the day of the service at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Richmond City Cemetery in Richmond, Utah.
We would like to thank Pine Mountain Health Care & Hospice for the loving and devoted service they gave.