Katherine Phylis Tolhurst Anderson passed away June 22, 2022 at the age of 91.
She was born September 20, 1930 to her parents James Henry Tolhurst and Phylis Harwood. Katherine married the love of her life George D. Anderson in February of 1949 and was later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple in February 1951, together they raised 5 amazing boys. Katherine embodied the word service and was never happy unless she was serving her family, neighbors and loved ones. She loved her family fiercely. She dedicated her life to her children and the love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She served in many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but her favorite calling was with the young women where she served faithfully for 48 years.
She was the librarian at several Murray Elementary schools where she read every book in her library so that she could help each student find the perfect book. She loved her students and they loved her in return and always greeted her with many hugs beyond her teaching days. After her retirement from teaching she served in the Jordan River Temple and loved every moment within those sacred walls. Long after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she would tell her family that she was at the temple every day because that is where her mind would take her and she found peace within that memory.
She was a very talented artist and created beautiful oil paintings. She was always thrilled to share her talents and made many wedding cakes for those she loved. Katherine was an amazing seamstress and would make costumes for roadshow plays as well as clothes for her children. She loved the outdoors, music, babies, traveling, fishing, reading, cooking and laughing and she had a great sense of humor.
She is survived by her sons Steven (Julie), Kendell (Pamela), David (Marlo) and her 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband George, sons Jerry & Kevin (Gwendolyn), daughter Wendy and granddaughter Aimee.
The family would like to thank the hospice workers that took such great care of her as well as the staff at Pheasant Run Memory Care facility, we love you all.
A viewing will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm on Tuesday, June 28th at the Larkin Sunset Gardens mortuary located at 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd, Sandy UT. Funeral Services will be held the following morning on Wednesday, June 29th starting with a short viewing at 10:00am – 10:40am followed by the services at 11:00 at the LDS church building located at 619 West 5750 South Murray UT. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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I am so sorry not to have attended Kathy‘s funeral. I was out of town and did not see the announcement soon enough. She has been a long time friend of our family and is remembered by our children as a caring teacher. Please accept our sincere condolences.
I am sorry to see her go.She was a big part of my life.My family grew up next door to the Andersons.We were allways playing neighbor hood games building forts,catching frogs ,Ect.She was also my sunday school teacher and a huge part of my spiritual development.Kathy and George will allways hold a special place in my hart.