Carole Gordon Smith passed away on September 19, 2023.\n\nCarole was born on September 17, 1940 in Logan, UT to Walter Hudson and Donna Godfrey Gordon. Many of her growing up years were spent in the home of a beloved aunt and uncle, Ross and Hazel Gordon. Through much of her life, she was also blessed by the love and guidance of Evelynne Anderson Lee.\n\nCarole married Ken Smith on March 22, 1961 and they had three children; Derek (Genine), Aimee (Jeff), and Heidi (Chad). They were blessed with ten wonderful grandchildren; Regan, Spencer, Tess, Hunter, Megan, Evelynne, Emily, Isaac, Clara, and Winslow, and five exceptionally cute great grandchildren; Stratton, Reed, Goldie, Lydia, and Miles.\n\nCarole grew up in Cache Valley, Utah, grateful for the love of her extended Gordon family. Through the help of a generous aunt she was able to attend school for a time at the College of Western Maryland. She met and married Ken while completing her training in elementary education at Utah State University. His military service took them to Berlin, Germany, where she formed an enduring relationship with her beloved Oma and Opa. She loved Berlin and Bad Kreuznach and travels through western Europe. Ken’s final tour of duty took them to the desert community of Dugway, Utah. Upon completion of military service there, they put down roots in Boise, Idaho where they raised their family, intending to be there forever. However, a job change took them to California and the communities of Lodi and San Rafael. A final move brought them back to Utah where they have spent the last thirty years.\n\nThrough all of the moves, Carole’s life has been defined by her loving relationships. She had a gift for connecting with people. She made friends everywhere she went and blessed the lives of those she loved through her service, compassion, creativity, faith, and goodness. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and gave her heart to her personal discipleship and devoted church service throughout her life. To the very end of her life her mind was clear and her energy was high. She loved to learn, think deeply, and converse on a wide range of topics. She found great joy in the beauty of nature, art, music, and literature. She had a unique ability to turn the mundane into special and the special into extraordinary. She was a creator of traditions and she used her vast skills in cooking, painting, and a myriad of other talents to make magic for those she loved. Her family and friends will miss her radiant smile, her newspaper clippings, her hand written cards and heartfelt letters, her thoughtful gifts, her enthusiasm for seeking and sharing beauty, and her constant acts of kindness and love.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 at 11:00 am at the South Mountain Stake Center located at 1911 East Gray Fox Drive, Draper, UT (adjacent to the temple). Visitation will precede the funeral from 9:30 to 10:45. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.\n\nIf desired, contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Services fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carole would be especially pleased if you offered random acts of kindness to anyone around you and an extra dose of love to the people in your heart.