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On October 27, 2021, the world lost a beloved angel, Belinda Frances Aude who is now back with her Heavenly Father. From Pleasant Grove, Utah, she was 60 when she died after a short battle with COVID-19. She passed on while surrounded by her loved ones, who made sure she knew how loved she was. We are incredibly saddened by her sudden death, and have no words for just how much we will miss her. Belinda was born on August 25, 1961, in Racine, Wisconsin. She was the first child of Jack and Marlene Karst. Belinda was later joined by her brothers, Fred and Karl. Belinda was an incredibly loving sister, always looking out for her brothers. She remained close to them her whole life. She was a very hard-working student, and attended The Prairie School for 7 years and graduated summa cum laude in 1979. After high school, she went to Provo, Utah to study and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in speech therapy in 1983.
While attending BYU, Belinda met Jack Aude and they were married in Washington D.C. in 1983. She fell in love with him for his generous heart. Together they lived in New York, Washington, Florida, and Utah. They enjoyed going to movies and watching live theater. Belinda wanted children for a long time, and after a long wait, Belinda was overjoyed when she was chosen to adopt a daughter, Kasey, born on May 15th,1992—and a son, Korey, born on December 12th 1996. Being their mother was her everything and she was a terrific mom. Her children referred to Belinda as an "angel mom" and "superwoman". She would do anything for her kids, and believed they could be successful in whatever they chose to pursue.
Belinda always put others before herself, and loved unconditionally. Quality time with her loved ones was the most precious gift to her. Belinda could always make people laugh with her sass, and her smile could brighten any room. She never had a bad thing to say about anyone, except for bad drivers and when she lost at board games. Everyone loved Belinda, and she was friendly and welcoming to all. She didn't have one enemy in her entire life.
Belinda enjoyed many activities and hobbies. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving most often in Primary and Relief Society where she made strong friendships. Her faith helped her push through her hardest days, and inspires our family. Belinda liked to cook, read, watch movies, play with her dogs and sew. Her favorite books were The Count of Monte Cristo and the Harry Potter series. She was a loyal friend, who did not hesitate to stand up for others.
Circumstance necessitated Belinda working to assist our family. She was always a hard worker, and she wanted to make sure our family was taken care of. To remain home with her children, she operated a daycare center out of her home. She cared for the daycare children like they were her own. Later she did home health care and for the last decade she worked for Aspen Senior Care as a member of the operation team. She developed a "work family" who she became very close to, and she was very thankful for the support and joy they brought to her life.
Belinda is survived by her husband, Jack, children Kasey and Korey, her mother Marlene Strege, and brothers Fred and Karl Karst, as well as her extended family and an abundance of friends. Belinda was a beautiful soul, inside and out. She was so deeply loved by many people.
Belinda will always be with us in our hearts, and shining down on us from above.
Celebration of Life will be held in Belinda's honor Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Olpin Family Mortuary Chapel, located at 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.