Karen Virginia Alley passed in her home in Garden Valley, Idaho on October 29, 2020. Karen was born to Sterling and Madelyn Fackrell Alley in Boise, Idaho on May 31, 1950. She was raised in Garden Valley in a time where the valley offered freedom to roam, wide open spaces, and a small, close-knit community.
Karen was an avid horse woman and spent most of her childhood up Gooseberry Creek behind the home place riding. In 1968, Karen ran for the Snake River Stampede rodeo queen, and while she didn't win, the memories of competing were very fond to her. Karen loved rodeo and began competing in high school. After high school, she joined the women's professional rodeo circuit, competing in the northwest and in Canada.
In 1971 Karen married Richard Grosvenor, and together they had three children. This Union lasted 20 years and produced a friendship that lasted their lifetime. In 1991 Karen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Through the progression of the disease, Karen lost the ability to walk. She didn't let that slow her down and was well known for her treks into and around Crouch. Despite her condition she never missed a junior rodeo, she was always there to support her grandkids and various family members.
Karen was well loved by all that knew her, and she will be missed by all.
Karen is survived by her children, Tom Grosvenor (Linda Lee), Rusty (Amy) Grosvenor and Misty Grosvenor; her grandchildren, Perry Grosvenor, Wrenlie Grosvenor, Jevin Smart and Hayden Grosvenor; her two brothers Steve and Monte Alley; her three sisters, Jan Youren, Linda miller and Melea Hileman along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by her parents, Sterling and Madelyn Fackrell Alley; her grandparents, Richard Grosvenor and nephews, Jim Tucker and Hoss Alley.
A memorial for Karen will be held at 1:00p.m. on November 14, 2020 at the Idaho Sleigh Rides building in Garden Valley. Please feel free to join us in a sharing of memories and bring your favorite side dish.
Cremation was cared for by the Potter Funeral Chapel of Emmett.
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