Kathryn Marie Utrup

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010

Kathryn Marie Utrup died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, in Sedona, Ariz. She was 84.

Mrs. Utrup was born Albuquerque, N.M., Feb. 21, 1926 to William Valentine and Kathryn Marie Link, and grew up in the desert southwest. She traveled with her parents to the pueblos along the Rio Grande, the Navajo reservation and to northern New Mexico communities, while her father sold Singer sewing machines and Wear-Ever pots and pans. She attended St. Vincent's Academy and later the Art Institute of Chicago.

She met and married Orville Henry Utrup in Sister Lakes, Mich., after he returned from World War II. In l957 she and Orville moved to Albuquerque where they raised their family. She attended Queen of Heaven Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar Society.

She practiced real estate for several years in Albuquerque. In 1981 she and Orville retired to beautiful Sedona, Ariz., where they built their home and spent winters. They also built a home on the Kenai River outside of Soldotna, where they spent summers fishing for salmon and watching wildlife. In 1996 they established a family retreat in southwest Colorado on the Fish Creek.

Her family said Mrs. Utrup loved to do things with her family and they filled her thoughts and days.

"A devoted mother, wife and businesswoman, she lived a rich, full life," the family said. "Kay will be remembered for her indomitable spirit, her dedication to family, her faith and love for her life's partner Orville."

Mrs. Utrup is survived by her children, Jeanne Utrup Cole, Broomfield, Colo.; William Utrup, Cortez, Colo.; Kathryn Utrup Wardell, Boulder, Colo.; Suzanne Utrup, Cottonwood, Ariz.; Robert Utrup, Soldotna; Mark Utrup, LaPlata, N.M.; Daniel Utrup, Torreon, N.M.; and Mary Sharon Utrup Millar, Sedona, Ariz. She is also survived by her husband, 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She rests in peace at All Souls Cemetery outside of Sedona, Ariz.

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