Gothenburg Resident: Karen Preston Hurst, age 61 (1953-2014)

Karen Preston Hurst, 61, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 6th, 2014 at her home in Gothenburg.

She was born April 4th, 1953 in Prairie City, Oregon; daughter of Mervin and Rae (Saunders) Preston.

Karen grew up in Idaho and Utah. She graduated from Declo High School, Declo, Idaho. Karen married Theron R. Hurst on March 26th, 1976.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who took special interest in her children and making the house a home. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her husband Theron Hurst of Gothenburg; son, Jared and wife Heather Hurst; daughter, Rebecca and husband Joseph Welker; eight grandchildren, Rachel Hurst, Matthew Welker, Joshua Welker, Nathan Hurst, Logan Welker, Jenna Hurst, Lilly Anna Welker and Kelsey Hurst; her father Mervin Preston; four sisters, Linda and husband Ken Miller, Diane and husband Dale Carter, Nyla and husband Jerry Kent, Vicki and husband Scott Christensen; two foster daughters, Rachel Welker, Kendra and husband Will Mercer; along with many extended family and friends.

Karen was preceded in death by mother, Rae Preston, father-in-law, Leo Windfield Hurst.

Services will be held Thursday, April 10th, 2014, at 1 p.m. with Bishop Steven Horton officiating at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1407 West 13th Street, Lexington.

Burial will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg.

Memorials may be given to the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Foundation.

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