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Kathryn Keller Andersen
Our beloved mother, Kathryn Keller Andersen, 98, passed away on October 21, 2021, in Kaysville, UT.
Kay was born December 23, 1922, in Preston ID, to Herman W. Keller and Mary Evans Keller. She grew up in a loving family with 2 sisters and 3 brothers.
They enjoyed a simple life, working hard and socializing with close neighbors and friends. She graduated from Preston High School and then moved to Salt Lake City where she attended LDS Business College.
While visiting her brother in the VA hospital she met his handsome hospital roommate, Lyle Andersen. They fell in love and were married March 10, 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple. Early in their marriage they lived in Logan while attending USU. Alan, Sheri and Neil were all born while Lyle finished school. After 2 years of teaching school in Wray, Colorado, they moved their family to Pocatello, Idaho, where Lyle worked for the state tax commission and started a small dairy farm so they could teach their children to work. While there, they were blessed with two more daughters, Lauri and Marni.
In addition to working with her children on the dairy, Mother was skilled in the art of homemaking, using her heart and hands to bless the lives of others, nourishing our bodies as well as our souls. She touched the lives of all within her family circle, and considered her family her most prized possession...showing us what it means to be Christ-like.
She believed deeply in Jesus Christ. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in many positions. Through these callings she developed many valued friendships. In their retirement, Kay and Lyle served two missions, one in Macon GA and one in SLC,UT.
Kay was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She also loved watching basketball, especially The Jazz. She was an accomplished seamstress, taking on a variety of projects from Halloween costumes to wedding dresses; and home décor to quilts extraordinaire. In her kitchen, you could always count on chocolate chip cookies and fresh bread with jam.
Kay is survived by her children: Alan (Norma) Andersen, Burley, ID: Sheri (Dennis) Ray, Kaysville, UT: Neil (Kathy) Andersen, Bountiful, UT: Lauri (Don) Baldwin, Lewiston UT: Marni (Wade) Wyatt, SLC, UT: and brothers, Alan Keller, Orem, UT and Larry (Betty) Keller, Preston, Id. She is adored by 31 Grandchildren, 101 Great-Grandchildren and 15 Great-Great Grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle(1996): her parents, two sisters, a brother and one granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 29,2021 at 12:00 pm at the Lewiston 1st/2nd Ward Chapel, 10 S. 1600 W. Lewiston, Utah. Masks are encouraged. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 10:00-11:30 am at the church. Interment will be in the Lewiston Utah Cemetery.
Services will be streamed live and can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/JwvRM1cjC-8
Although she will be missed, we know that she is now with God who loves her even more than we do.
I feel fortunate to have so many memories from growing up near the Andersen family. My dad served in the bishopric with Lyle and became great friends. Lyle and Kay would come to our home every New Years Eve and party the night away with friends and amazing baked treats. I remember my dad and Lyle making a deal one day, which ever one passed away first, the other person got to speak at their funeral. Lyle gave a wonderful talk. I love you all and thank you for sharing your parents. Love Merlynn Eskelson (Brawn).
Merlynn Eskelson Oct 27 2021 12:21 AM
We first met your mom and dad while they were living with Sheri and Dennis in Layton. We were their home teachers for a time and always felt we were the ones being nourished on our visits. We loved them both. Thoughts, prayers and love are with your family.
Mark & Lynn Kuerth Oct 26 2021 10:41 PM
Our family has a special place in our hearts for Sister Andersen. When she lived by us, our boys would share any treat we made with her. One time, one of our really little boys scooped up a piece of his birthday cake by himself and took it to her before I realized it. She gratefully accepted it and my son came running back with the biggest smile on his face. She always made my boys feel special, and loved to share stories about all of her family with us. She always made us smile, and we loved our visits with her. One Sunday she called and asked us to \"come meet my little boy\". We came quickly as she asked. My boys still talk about that afternoon. She knew they\'d love to meet Elder Andersen (and she was right). She showed us how she makes her blankets for her family members, she loved showing us her Christmas village, and loved showing us every new photo of her family that she\'d get. We will always treasure the time we got to spend with her. We loved her!
Gunnell Family Oct 26 2021 5:16 PM
I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to get to know Kay. What a great lady! She had a fun sense of humor and I enjoyed the many afternoons I had the opportunity to play Dominos and munch on chocolate with both Kay and her awesome daughter Sheri. Those are memories I will always treasure.
Stephanie Terry Oct 25 2021 11:28 PM
Alan and Norma, we.are saddened by the passing of a great mother who is an excellent example to us all. She showed love to all she met. We extent our love to your entire family and know she is with those she loves who have been waiting for her. We love you!
Terry and Judy McCurdy Oct 25 2021 7:54 PM
Alan, Norma and Family - our condolences. Your mother, grandmother, great grandmother, ..... was a testament to serving both Christ and the community - blessings to you as you celebrate her outstanding life. The Hunt Family.
Murray Hunt Oct 25 2021 5:41 PM
Kay was a very special friend in my life , always kind caring to all she met. Taught me to make her special baby quilts. We loved out trips to the temple with her, Sylvia , Lavon , Venda and myself, they were very special times . I loved her smile and positive personality , she loved her family with all her heart!
Barbara Blair Oct 25 2021 5:33 PM