Obituary: ANDERSON, MARY

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 1:02 p.m. MDT

Dr. Mary Ann Romer Anderson1946 ~ 2011SUNSETDr. Mary Ann Romer Anderson died in her home on December 31, 2011 after a brave fight with cancer. She was 65 years old. She often said her greatest accomplishment in life was her daughter and only child, Emily Anderson Ravsten of Thornton, Colorado. She was also the proud and happy grandmother of Kedzie, Ethan and Alex, and loved her son-in-law Travis Ravsten. Her husband, Gary L. Anderson, preceded her in death, at age 29, of cancer.Mary Ann Anderson was an active member of the LDS Church, and spent her life serving in many ward and stake callings. One of her most interesting callings was serving as Relief Society president in the Jerusalem, Israel Branch.Mary traveled the world, often taking her family with her. She taught in China, Korea, Great Britain and the West Bank of Israel, and attended school at Cambridge. She climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China (twice!), Mount Sinai, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Her favorite place, except for Utah, was the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem.With her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, Mary retired after teaching nursing at Weber State University for 21 years. She always claimed that her students were the best on campus.Born January 20, 1946 in Tremonton, Utah, Mary Ann grew up on a farm in Elwood, Utah with her parents and five sisters. Her parents were Merlin and Margrette Romer. She was an avid reader and wrote three nursing textbooks and numerous articles. She was an amateur artist and loved classical music. She truly loved life.Mary is survived by her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, her sisters; Lola (Tip) Ravsten, Tremonton; Linda (Buck) Condor, South Jordan; Merle Romer, Centerville; Vickie (Garth) Anderson, Sandy; and Iva (Neil) Owen, Preston, Idaho, and her dear friend and caregiver in the final months of her life Karen Swank.Mary Ann has touched the lives of so manyas a wise teacher who challenged all to be better, look higher and do more, as a friend with her listening ear and compassionate heart, and as a caregiver who was always on the lookout to give service and lift those in need. The world is better because she lived. She will be dearly missed.Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Sunset 3rd Ward, 1800 N 300 W Sunset, Utah, 84015 A viewing will be held in her honor on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Roy Mortuary 5865 S 1900 W, Roy, Utah, and on Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. There will be a luncheon at the church, following the services.Interment in the Riverview Cemetery in Tremonton, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.