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.