Mary Anderson Obituary (1941 – 2022) – Cedar City, UT

Mary Jean Anderson


Cedar City, UT—Mary Jean Anderson, 81, passed from this earth to join many loved ones early Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, in Cedar City, Utah. Jean was born June 30, 1941, in Cedar City, UT, to Haken E. and MaryAnn (Mae) Hunter Anderson. She grew up in Cedar City, Utah; the second oldest of 4: One boy and three girls: Haken J. (Elaine), Marjorie, and Ilene (Marty) Ott.

Jean attended school in Cedar City, graduating from Cedar High School as the valedictorian in 1959. She went on to earn an associate degree from the College of Southern Utah (now SUU). She continued her education at the University of Utah, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in 1964. Jean was extremely smart and had a photographic memory. She worked at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, as a Registered Medical Technologist and was head of the Hematology Lab. Jean retired in 1992 after 25 years. She moved to Cedar City to be closer to family. She worked in the lab for a short time at Wecco and finished her career at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City as a lab technician.

In addition, to her career, Jean loved music and dancing, especially Ballroom Dancing. She took lessons from Arthur Murray in SLC. Jean loved to travel, and travel she did. She loved eating out and going to movies. Jean was a skilled seamstress making her own dress for her high school graduation. She went on to sew her sister’s wedding dress and many other items for her home, family and friends.

Jean had a special love for her family. Although she never married or had children of her own, her nieces and nephews and their children were treated as if her own. Jean cherished the time spent with them. She was a loving and generous Aunt. It is safe to say she has helped each one of her family members at one time or another. She was an accomplished reader, and she introduced and instilled her love for books and movies in many of her nieces and nephews. She created traditions with them and always had a warm smile and friendly disposition.

To know Jean was to love her. She had many friends throughout her life. She was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by her two sisters, Marjorie Anderson, Cedar City; Ilene (Marty) Ott, Loa, Utah; nieces and nephews: Matthew (Cindy) Ott, Lee Ann (Cody) Grundy, Heidi (Don) Oswald, Brent (Laurie) Anderson, Bruce (Shellie) Anderson, Travis (Natalie) Anderson, Apryl (Chez) Slaugh, Amy (Jon ) Felix, 30 great-nieces and nephews, and 26 great-great nieces and nephews and many friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her father and mother- Haken E. & Mae Anderson, brother Haken J. Anderson, sister-in-law- Elaine Fife Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 12, at 10:30 am, at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 North 300 West, Cedar City, UT. A viewing will be held Thursday evening, August 11, from 6-8 pm and family viewing Friday prior to the service. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to

The family wishes to thank the staff at Cedar Health and Rehab for their kind and loving care.

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Aug. 9 to Aug. 14, 2022.

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