Maxine McKean Anderson

11/24/1933 ~ 3/21/2022

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend, Maxine McKean Anderson, returned to our Heavenly Father on March 21, 2022 at the age of 88 in her daughter’s home in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Maxine was born November 24th, 1933 to Theodorus “Mack” Emery McKean and Iva Shepherd in Birdseye, Utah. She was born at home, the youngest of eight children, seven girls and one brother. Much of her childhood was spent helping with the daily farm chores including raising chickens, hauling hay, and herding sheep. She often expressed how grateful she was for her loving parents and wonderful upbringing. They have all passed on now, as she was the last living member of her immediate family. She attended elementary, junior high and high school in Spanish Fork where she enjoyed twirling baton with the school marching band and had many friends that she stayed close to throughout her life.

She married the love of her life Gary Dean Anderson, December 10th, 1952 in the Manti Temple. Maxine and Gary made their home in Fairview and had nine children. While Gary herded sheep on the mountain in the summer, Maxine cared for their children at home and always maintained a beautiful large garden. She bottled and preserved all the food she grew. In the winter, they spent many memorable family Christmases together out on the desert with their sheep herd. They were married for 54 years until his passing in 2006.

Her greatest joy was her family. She loved and was loved by her large extended family. She always looked forward to family get togethers, reunions, and holidays. She attended all the family events. She especially enjoyed gathering with everyone on the 24th of July for the annual parade and spending time together at the Anderson cabin.

She was a faithful and long-life member of the Fairview 1st Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed many close associations with her ward family. She had a deep love for the Savior. She served in many church callings including Primary President and Relief Society President. Maxine and Gary served two full time missions: the California Anaheim Mission and the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. In her later life, she loved serving as an ordinance worker in the Manti Temple for over 15 years. Her faith and goodness blessed the lives of all who knew her.

She is survived by her children: Roger (Donna), Eddie (Kim), Margo (Michael) Olsen, Victor (Shauntel), Steven (Laura), Bradley (Lisa), and Tracy (Melanie); daughter-in-law Kathy Anderson; 32 grandchildren and 50 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and David Samons, her son Eugene Anderson, two grandsons Clint Anderson and Travis Olsen, her husband, parents, and siblings. We know she is having a joyous reunion in Heaven reunited with her eternal companion as well as many loved ones beyond the veil

The family would like to express their gratitude for the many kindnesses in thought and deed, and give a special thanks to IHC Hospice, Rural Senior Adult Services (RSAS), and Margo and Mike for their loving care for Mom during her final years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26th at 11 a.m. in the Fairview 1st Ward Chapel, 122 S. State. A viewing will be held at the same address on Friday, March 25th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm and prior to the service, 9:00 am – 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery. 

Click Here To Watch Recorded Funeral Services.

Click Here to Watch Recorded Graveside Services. 

11 Responses to “Maxine McKean Anderson”

  1. Paula Wright says:

    Margo, Michael and siblings: It is rough to lose a loved one, especially Margo that you have had her in your home and taken such good care of her. My thoughts are with you at this time.

  2. Dawn Sterner says:

    Maxine. Such a beautiful, sweet, person. Always was so wonderful to me and so kind. My thoughts an prayers are with each of you at this tender time.

  3. I have never met Maxine, but the Lopez family has always spoken so highly of her. She was very fortunate to have Melanie Lopez Anderson as a daughter in law, I’m sure. May you guide your family from above and keep them safe.
    Ann Chesley
    Snowflake, AZ.

  4. Wallace Ross Shelley says:

    We are sad to hear about Maxine’s passing. She was a great lady and friend. We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family.

  5. Shirley says:

    I will sure miss my neighbor and friend..Maxine loved to sit outside with her cats and watch the world go past her.She is well loved and I will miss her visits and wave from her porch as I mowed my lawn..Gary and Maxine were so good to my parents as well as me..she is deeply missed.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend Maxine. We lived in Garrison when Maxine and Gary would come out and stay at the sheep camp during the winters. They would usually come into Garrison to attend Church services. We had many visits with them and some of their family. We are so glad she has been reunited with her sweetheart and family and we know someday we will visit with them again. Love to all the Anderson families, we sure miss those visits as we now live in Oak City. Remember all the special times you had as a family out West.❤️❤️❤️

  7. Leslie Hindes says:

    It was a priviledge to visit with Maxine the past couple of years. I work for RSAS. Maxine was one of those people you just felt comfortable around. She had a lovely disposition. Enjoyed hearing her experiences and seeing
    her beautiful smile. It has been a pleasure to get to know her daughter Margo as well. I could tell she was devoted to her mother’s tender care. It was evident. I’m going to miss visiting there. I know a wonderful reunion is taking place in heaven for Maxine. She was anxious to be with her sweetheart again.God be with the Anderson family until they’re all united once again.

  8. Coleen and Jim Oltrogge says:

    We worked with Maxine at the temple for four years. Her locker was next to mine and she was assigned as my mentor. She was so kind and loving. I will always be grateful for that time. We have come to know and love Margo and her family. We express our deepest sympathy and love.
    In taking care of Maxine and giving her a good quality of life till she went to our Heavenly Father you have set a wonderful example to all of us We love you ❤️

  9. Nicole Starr says:

    She has been “Bec’s Grandma” or just plain “Grandma” for so long, since I first met her and her husband, “Bec’s Grandpa/Grandpa”. Family. They made me feel welcome, a part of the family, just like everyone else. My daughter ran around with the other grandkids and wasn’t any different. Accepted. Her house- I can walk through in my mind, the family dinners…
    My heart feels broken at her passing, as if… a hole, as if pieces are missing, just as when her husband died, and when Gene died. I feel as if my Heavenly Father took another light from this world and I know she deserved to go home, earning her eternal reward…but I also feel her loss so very deeply.

    Her greatest gift was her ability to love so unconditionally, everyone within her reach felt it, family, friends and all felt it. I am a better person because of her influence in her family’s lives and in my own, for she passed on that gift.

    To the whole family, I love you all so very much. I will be with you via zoom to celebrate her return to our Heavenly Father and her reconnection with her beloved. With love, Niki

  10. Dixie Kjar says:

    Your Mother and Grandmother was an aunt that I grew up with she was a teenager when I was six and seven years old.
    she taught me to embroidery dishtowels when I was up to Birdseye visiting
    grandma and Grandpa McKean. Loved your Mom, Grandma very much. Zoomed the funeral. Loved the talks from everyone and especially about the garden because we would come and visit and see the beautiful garden. She was a beautiful example to follow.

  11. Sherry Lynn Knight says:

    I was so grateful to watch the funeral for Aunt Maxine, even though we are in Pennsylvania. It was a beautiful tribute to her life and family and faith. She is a sweet and giving person still, and I have felt very peaceful that she and Uncle Gary are together again. I always knew they were really happy together. Great blessings will come to all of her descendants and others because of her love.