Venus May Anderson

Oct. 17, 1919 – Sept. 8, 2012

Lovell native Venus May Anderson died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at age 92 in Bountiful, Utah, surrounded by her family.

She was born to Oliver Cromwell and Loretta Grace May on October 17, 1919, in Lovell. She was the second of 10 children.

Venus May Anderson

She was preceded in death by siblings Porter May, Virga May, Andrew May and Jerry May and is survived by siblings Phern Wardell, Phyllis Partridge, Rose Marie Brinkerhoff, Jay May and Priscilla Caturia, as well as her sister-in-law and friend Donna Harston Michaelson and many loving nieces and nephews.

She completed high school in Kane, and also attended the University of Wyoming, where she received a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school, grades 3-5, for two years until she married Dee Anderson on March 8, 1943. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. Dee died March 23, 2007.

They had seven children, 28 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and one on the way. Venus was preceded in death by her son James and is survived by her daughters Diane Gilbert (Alex), Marsha Hunter (Calvin), Pamela Doi (Robin), Cynthia Murakami (Wayne) and Jerilyn Hanks (Paul), son William (Karla) and daughter-in-law Elaine.

Venus was good and kind and strong. She was always a happy woman, even through the difficult times of her life. She was the most beautiful woman in the world. She said that her greatest accomplishment was her posterity. She was always a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where her callings were always working with children. She was a Primary teacher, Junior Sunday school coordinator, and Stake Primary Presidency councilor. She worked at Litton Industries in Salt Lake City as a lead production technician until she retired in 1978.

She crocheted prolifically. All of her children, all of her grandchildren and most of the great-grandchildren have been blessed with their own heirlooms of her handiwork. She loved gardening and her yard always stood out in her neighborhood. She truly loved anything that was beautiful, virtuous and praiseworthy, and she loved her family most of all.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the North Point LDS Ward building. Interment followed at Redwood Memorial Estates.

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