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Midene McKay Anderson

04/25/1929 - 03/27/2020

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Midene McKay Anderson, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 27, 2020 in Salt Lake City at the age of 90.

The oldest of four daughters, Midene was born April 25, 1929 to David Lawrence McKay and Mildred Calderwood McKay in Washington, DC where her father was attending law school.

Originally named Mildred Dean McKay, the family blended her first and second names and always called her Midene which she legally changed later in life. Midene lived in Washington, D.C. and New York, New York in her early years before the family returned to their roots in Utah. After the family moved to Salt Lake City, Midene attended East High School graduating in 1947, and then went on to college graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelor of arts degree in music. She was a member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Utah and continued keeping in touch with some of her sorority sisters who attended her 90th birthday party. While attending college, she met Howard B. Anderson and they were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on January 31, 1951. They enjoyed life together for 63 years, raising their four children in Los Angeles, California. Midene called Los Angeles home until she moved back to Salt Lake City in 2017.

Midene was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her entire life and was proud of her McKay heritage with her grandfather having served as Prophet and President of the Church. She loved music and continued to serve the church in that capacity throughout her life, as choir director, music leader and Primary chorister (her favorite job) among many other callings. Midene served by her husband’s side and was a true help-meet in his role as President of the Southern California mission, Stake President of the Los Angeles Stake and Bishop of the Westwood First Ward.

Midene loved spending time with her family at BYU’s alumni camp, Aspen Grove, and really enjoyed old movies, the theatre, and was a faithful attendee of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. She also had a special fondness for shopping out of her favorite catalogs.

Midene was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard B. Anderson, and her sister Teddy Lyn McKay Parmley. She is survived by her four children Kirk McKay (Tracy) Anderson, Kerri (Norman) Salter, Katie Lyn Anderson and Kent Lawrence Anderson. She is also survived by two younger sisters, Catherine McKay Iba, and Joyce McKay Bennett as well as 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to her sisters Joyce and Catherine who helped care for Midene after her husband’s passing and were invaluable in making her last years meaningful.

Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. A memorial service will be held later when large gatherings are allowed. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the University of Utah School of Music Scholarship Fund would be appreciated.

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  • From all the Vandeweghes, we send our love and gratitude having had sister Anderson part of our lives. My mother, Colleen Hutchins Vandeweghe, thought so highly of Midene and as children we grew up with her as our primary chorister. That is how I, Heather, remember her best and tears of joy always came my eyes when she would fill in and lead us in Sacrament during her later years. Her love for her family, her sound advice and her frankness have shaped many lives and been a true example of discipleship.
    We send our love and comfort thoughts to all the family.
    Heather, Kiki, Tauna and Bruk

    — Heatherly Vandeweghe Shannon
  • It is impossible to honor Midene’s memory without mentioning the team of Howard and Midene. Midene and Howard touched many lives with their love and care for individuals. Midene has been a good friend to Cathy’s mother since Jr. High, and Cathy has known her since1979 when she lived in Midene and Howard’s home for a few months. She was the first of many people that they opened their home to. Some of their guests were family, friends of their children, and friends of friends. In other words, they were nondiscriminatory caretakers. Over the years, we have realized that many people considered Midene and Howard to be their surrogate parents.
    Midene’s sense of humor and mental acuity was quite impressive. This year I met Midene at Joyce’s home, and Joyce shared a very humorous book about her son-in-laws dream state. It was Midene who mentioned that we should look at this humorous collection of anecdotes, which Joyce had not shared with Midene for awhile. Midene wanted Joyce to share a specific anecdote that was very funny. The fact that she remembered the book would be one thing, but remembering the specific anecdote was remarkable.
    Over the years, our children really enjoyed going to visit Howard and Midene for dinner or to watch an old movie. Swimming exercise class one summer was a blast.
    Meeting Midene for lunch over the years was the highlight of Cathy’s week. Catching up on the latest family happenings was always entertaining. Midene knew what was happening with all her children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great nieces, sisters, in-laws, etc.
    Midene, you will be profoundly missed. Your passing is the end of an era for our family. We love you.

    — Cathy, Andrea, Erin, Peter and Ewald Leverkus
  • Dear Kirk, Kerri, Katie and Kent,
    Sweet memories remain of your parents. Your mother always extended warmth and friendliness as our families gathered. She was blessed with a gracious spirit. I still remember your father taking me to a deli to pick up some lox and bagels on our way to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl when I was in L.A. for a summer debate camp in high school. He had a wonderful sense of humor. They were and are a wonderful team. It was a joy to see your parents from time to time when we happened to both be in town at my parent’s home for general conference. They were warm and gracious hosts when I stopped to visit them during a business trip to Los Angeles.
    Even when parents have lived a long, good life, it still isn’t easy when they depart. Please accept my heart-felt condolences at the passing of you mother and my love to you all.
    Your cousin,
    Lane Anderson

    — Lane Anderson

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