Oct. 1, 1923 – Aug. 30, 2011
Mildred “Millie” Fox Anderson died on Aug. 30, 2011, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Oak and Nancy Smith, in Blanco, Texas. Services were held Sept. 10, 2011, in the LDS Chapel in Sandy, Utah. Graveside services were held last weekend at the Cowley cemetery.
Millie was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Salt Lake City (Cottonwood), Utah, to Charles and Louise Fox. She is preceded in death by her husband Edward Meeks Anderson of Cowley. She is survived by her two sons, Edward Kent Anderson and Bruce Ellis Anderson, her daughter Nancy Smith and seven grandchildren.
Millie graduated from Granite High School in Salt Lake City in 1941 and continued her education at Brigham Young University in Provo where she met and eventually married Edward M. Anderson. Ed was drafted into World War II soon thereafter, so Millie became a military wife, relocating the family every few years to be with Ed.
While Ed was stationed in Europe, Millie learned to be a seamstress, a hobby she thoroughly enjoyed, making the children’s clothes and wedding dresses for friends and relatives. Throughout her life she made more than 100 wedding dresses for only the cost of material. She loved people. Many longtime friends were made initially through casual conversation with people she didn’t know.
After retirement, she and Ed would stock up their RV and visit family and friends, often returning months later with interesting stories and more friends. Millie believed that service to others was her mission in life. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and spent many years as a leader of the church’s women’s organization, giving countless hours of service to the homeless, needy and disadvantaged. Since the age of 16 she played the organ during church service; she loved to play. Demand for her musical talent eventually extended to other religious denominations and choirs.
Her life reflected her giving. She and Ed had a large garden, much more than they could eat. They would invite friends over to help pick the harvest, giving away vegetables, berries and fruit. She was an “elegant” lady, strong in body and spirit, always acknowledging God for her many blessings and talents.
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