About Elbert H Anderson
Our beloved father, grandfather and friend Elbert H Anderson often referred to our life on earth as "The Lord's University." On Oct. 27, 2000, at age 93, he graduated with honors, walking back into the arms of his wife and sweetheart Florence, his parents Johanne Cathrine "Caddie" Nielsen and Jens C Ander-son, and countless other family and friends.
Born July 28, 1907 in Oak City, Utah, Elbert attended Oak City School and Delta High School; graduated from BYU in 1930, majoring in Art, with minors in English Literature and Geology; won two prestigious art medals, the Chapman prize for best rendition of Timpanogos Mountain and the Studio Guild Medal for best landscape; taught eight years of Junior High; worked as a machinist and arms plant inspector during the 2nd World War; and was employed at the Newspaper Agency Corporation for 25 years.
Elbert married Florence Ivins Wilson on Oct. 7, 1931 in the Salt Lake Temple, filling their home with six children. Their lives revolved around family, service, education, hard work and righteous living - a legacy for which they will always be remembered. Throughout his life Elbert faithfully served in many LDS Church positions: missionary to Sacramento, California; a three-time stake missionary; a teacher in numerous capacities; a scoutmaster with three different troops; Young Men's President; Assistant Sunday School Superintendent; Ward Clerk; and ward and stake genealogy chairman, involving himself in many genealogy and family history projects.
Most of all, Elbert always aspired to be a good husband, father, neighbor and friend. He was kind and thoughtful of others. His compassionate, unassuming bearing was a strength to many.
This "gentle Viking" is survived by his children, Ronald (Janet), Niel (Luana), Lowrie (Lynn) England, Douglas (Claudia), Christine (Richard) Clark, and Stevens (Diane), 29 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, who sought his counsel and advice. He also leaves behind two brothers, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, all who loved him dearly.
Elbert's family is grateful for those who blessed his life over many years: his wonderful neighbors for their support, watchful care and visits; those who so graciously and tenderly assisted dad in these last few years, especially his friends at Hospice for Utah (Margaret, Laurie, Misty, Kym and Chaplain Matt), the staff at St. Mark's radiology unit - and many, many others. God bless you in your work.
Elbert was a humble, quiet example to us all. He was the first to acknowledge his shortcomings, yet was secure in the testimony that as he did his best and endured to the end, the Savior's atoning grace would bridge the gap. We rejoice in knowing that the spirit of this good man now rests - teaches and inspires, gardens and paints - in paradise, there to await the resurrection.
Funeral services will be held Friday Nov. 3, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the Fairmont Ward chapel, 2465 S. 800 E., SLC. Friends and family may call at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, SLC, on Thursday evening 6:30-8:30, and Friday at the ward from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the services. Interment, Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary.