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LueDean Hills Andersen


LueDean Hills Andersen, 73, passed away surrounded by family on July 24, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona.  LueDean was born October 10, 1944 to Clayton and Treva Hills in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Her family moved to Flagstaff in 1952 where she attended school and graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1962. She married the love of her life, Joe Vance Andersen on September 4, 1964 in the Mesa LDS Temple.  LueDean started nursing school but shortly was given a job offer that she advanced with throughout her life – motherhood.  She and Joe were blessed to receive 10 children into their home. LueDean spent her life caring for her family and had a deep love for all within her care. She had an abiding belief in the reality of eternal families and her life bore testimony to this belief. LueDean was an incredible homemaker and she developed many skills and talents that she utilized in blessing the lives of all around her. She loved all things good and beautiful including music, art, literature, sewing, and cooking. She loved gathering with loved ones and playing games, especially word games, like scrabble, boggle, and doing crosswords. Above all, LueDean valued her relationship and testimony of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She lived her testimony in every aspect of her life. The family lived for many years in Chandler, Date Creek, and Wickenburg, AZ. After their kids were grown, Joe and LueDean moved to Mesa, AZ in 2005. LueDean and Joe enjoyed serving in the Mesa LDS temple. In 2014, together they served a mission to the Family History Mission in Salt Lake City, UT, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. LueDean loved doing family history work, and could often be found working in this endeavor. The family was blessed by her love and testimony throughout all of her life, most especially during her final days. LueDean was diagnosed with advanced cancer one week before she passed from this life into the next. She exuded peace, calm, and contentment to return to her Heavenly Father, and brought much hope and faith to all who were able to visit her. LueDean’s life was one of devotion, service, and love. LueDean is survived by her husband and her 10 children and their families: Vance and Allyson of Peoria, AZ; Marva Lynn and David Bear of Mesa, AZ; Rob and Tori of Salt Lake City, UT; John and Magaly of Salt Lake City, UT; Ann of Mesa, AZ; Thomas and Darcy of Glendale, AZ; Jeffrey and Brooke of Heber, AZ; Stephanie and Alan Underwood of Gilbert, AZ; Kathryn and Boyd Newsome of Albuquerque, NM, Michelle and David Smyth of Goodyear, AZ. She is greatly loved and admired by her 40 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Of her family of origin, LueDean is survived by her siblings: Barney Hills, Jeanene Vowels, Vernon Hills, Susan Redford, David Hills, Carol Sorenson, and Loren Hills.  Waiting to receive her into the realms of heaven were her own parents, Clay and Treva Hills, her in-laws, Thomas and Marva Andersen, and two grandchildren, Tjaden and Alli Andersen.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m., at the LDS Church building, located at 2339 S Crismon Road, Mesa, Arizona 85209. Viewings will be held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m, and prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at Double Buttes Cemetery, Tempe Arizona. The family wishes to express special appreciation to Banner Baywood Hospital, Summit Assisted Living, and Hospice Home of AZ.


  • Richard Deloney Posted July 26, 2018 6:58 PM

    Hey Andersen Family, your mom and grandma lived an awesome life. She raised and/or influenced all of you and you are the neatest family we know. We really enjoyed cruising with LuDean, Joe, Vance and family a few years ago. LuDean’s picture on Allyson’s Facebook. hugging Alexis, speaks volumes. She is in a good place.

  • Janice Russell Posted July 26, 2018 7:42 PM

    Our heart goes out to everyone .We have the fondest memories of LuDean when we lived in Wickenburg.Such wonderful times we had with she and the family.May the knowledge of the gospel see you through the coming days.Love Janice and Mike Russell

  • Alishia Sechez Posted July 26, 2018 10:30 PM

    She sounds like an especially amazing person! Her legacy she leaves behind will be forever grateful for her example. We are sending your family lots and lots of comforting prayers!

  • Wayne and Priscilla Devey Posted July 26, 2018 11:59 PM

    So very sorry Joe and family. LuDean was a wonderful lady Love and prayers for your family.

  • Diane Jack Posted July 27, 2018 9:59 AM

    I am so lucky to have been part of the Anderson family life for so long. LueDean is one of the best people I ever had the privilege of knowing. I think often of our time together and will treasure those memories. She really was a Grand Lady. Love to all

  • Carol Cooper Posted July 27, 2018 10:14 AM

    I am sorry to hear of LueDean’s passing. She was my Beehive adviser and I loved her sweet nature. I know she will be missed.

  • Wayne Devey Posted July 27, 2018 8:22 PM

    So many wonderful memories out at the farm. Sister Anderson was a special person. My heart is saddened by the news. You are all are in my thoughts and prayers. So grateful for our Heavenly Fathers plan. Families are Forever

  • Kathy Bjerregaard Posted July 29, 2018 3:23 PM

    I was heartbroken to learn of LueDean’s death this morning. We were so privileged to have Joe and her as part of our lives. There was nothing she would not do to help and support you in your time of need or in your time of celebration. LueDean will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family for comfort and solace. She was loved by many.

  • Julianne Binkhurst Trotter Posted July 30, 2018 6:29 AM

    What a privilege it was to meet Elder and Sister Anderson during their mission in Salt Lake. Sister Anderson was always so thoughtful and loving to all. I know she will be dearly missed. My love and prayers go out to her family, especially to Elder (Joe) Anderson. Perhaps our paths will cross again… in UT, AZ, or Guatemala. Please keep in touch.

  • Janet & Joe Spence , York, PA. Posted July 31, 2018 11:17 AM

    Boyd and Kat, sad news of mom’s passing , but on to Eternal peace with our Heavenly Father. Prayers of comfort for all the family. Aunt Jan & PA.

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