Karen McFadden Gneiting, age 42, passed away on December 24th at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico from an accidental drowning. Karen was born September 24, 1974 to Margaret Long and Steve McFadden. Karen attended Snohomish High School in the state of Washington, and then went on to Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, where she received her Registered Nursing (RN) degree. Karen became a member of the LDS church at age 14.
She met her husband, Kelly Leo Gneiting, at Ricks College and the two were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on August 17th, 1994. Karen had a very caring heart and loved to help people. She was a talented homemaker, loved to do crafts, and enjoyed scrap-booking. She was always in the process of making a wall ornament or fixture for somebody. Her children were her life and she was so proud of their accomplishments.
She loved animals, especially cats, and worked as a veterinary assistant while in high school. She is survived by her husband, Kelly Leo Gneiting, of Farmington, New Mexico, children: daughter Sarena Ann, of Pocatello, Idaho, sons Bo Allistare, Tucker Leo, Elias Harvey and Rylen Wayne of Farmington, New Mexico, mother Margaret Long and stepfather Ron Paduano of Snohomish, Washington, father Steve McFadden of Seattle, Washington, and brother Steve McFadden Jr. of Renton, Washington. She was proceeded in death by grandparents Richard and Shirley Kenbok.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 31 at 12 noon in the Grant LDS Ward Chapel in Grant, Idaho. Friends may visit with the family Saturday morning from 10:30-11:45 a.m. prior to the services. Burial will be at the Grant Cemetery.