Oretta S. "Reta" Anderson, 87, died Tuesday, September 29, 1998 in Burley, Idaho.
She was born October 7, 1910 in Rexburg, Idaho, a daughter of Coria Arthur and Martha Johnson Stephens. She spent most of her early life in Logan, Utah with her mother, three brothers and two sisters.Reta's father died when she was five. To support the family, her mother ran a boarding house for students at Utah State Agricultural College. Robert Clark Anderson was a student and boarder at her mothers home when they met. Reta and Clark were married in the Logan LDS Temple on June 26, 1933. Their honeymoon was spent on a horseback pack trip in what is now the Mt. Naomi Wilderness Area, East of Logan. The trip was part of Clark's job as a Junior Forester. Working for the U.S. Forest Service, they lived in LaVerkin, Las Vegas, Ogden (for 28 years), Provo, Orem and then Bountiful for eight years (while Clark worked for Utah State Parks).
Clark died on August 24, 1973 and Reta moved back to Ogden where she lived until 1996 when she moved to Burley to be near her daughter Jeri.
Reta loved to travel and had a chance to see most of the world. She was active in her church and had been a homemaking leader and served in the Primary. She was very good at handicrafts, knitting, crocheting, oil painting and dipping chocolates. Reta was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Her great-grandmother had come from Denmark alone with eight children to cross the plains with a handcart.
Reta and Clark were the parents of five children, all of whom survive: Jay R. (Diane) Anderson, Ogden; Yvonne Cooper, Alamo, California; Stephen C. (Sharen) Anderson, LaGrande, Oregon; LuJean (Marion "Butch") Hess, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Jeri (Marty) Holland, Burley, Idaho; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is one sister, Norma England, Pocatello, Idaho. Reta was preceded in death by her parents and husband, sister, Naomi Hughes, brother's, Mythren, Warren and Newell Stephens, and son-in-law, Jack Cooper.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may call at the mortuary on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Interment, Lindquist's Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road.
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