Dea Deloris Maisak Anderson|
1917 ~ 2012
Dea Deloris Maisak Anderson passed away April 22, 2012, at the age of 95 in the presence of her loved ones after a valiant fight with Ischemis Colitis.
She was born March 12, 1917 in Strickney, South Dakota to Elva Marine Rogers, who married Carl G. Maisak, her adoptive Father, four months later. She spent her youth in Tremonton, Utah and graduated from Bear River High School in 1935. Dea married James Y. Anderson in Salt Lake City in November 1937 and was his devoted wife until his death on June 12, 1998 in Hailey, Idaho. She spent most of her adult life in Idaho and returned to Salt Lake 10 years ago to be close to her daughter.
During the past two years, Dea lived a very active, fun-filled life at Sunrise Senior Living, where she socialized with her many friends. She loved playing bridge, taking her daily walks, going on shopping excursions, and was an avid reader. Throughout her life, she enjoyed yard sales, refinishing antiques, flower arranging and decorating.
She always had a zest for life and her smile and contagious spirit were a blessing and enjoyed by everyone that met her. But her focus was always on her family and friends, as she will be missed by all of them. Dea's longevity is attributed to her strong spirit and determination, along with excellent genes, which allowed her to beat the odds and live 95 years in good health and happiness. Most important, she will be remembered as a lady with class, always stylishly dressed, creative, with an amazing ability to decorate and make her surroundings more beautiful.
Dea is survived by her three children, Jim Y. Anderson, Jr., LtCol, USA (Ret) (Renate); David D. Anderson (Nancy Jo); Patty S. Williams (Ron); seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Larene and Doris Maisak.
In additional to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her two brothers, Roger and LaVern Maisak and sister, Betty.
The family wishes to thank her gastroenterologists: Doctors Pederson, Joseph and Clark; internist Dr. Greenwood, as well as the nursing staff at St. Mark's Hospital for their compassion and care. Special thanks to go her regular internist, Dr. Barman, who took such good care of her through the years. And lastly, we fully appreciate the staff at Sunrise Senior Living, who made her last two years there so enjoyable.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 30, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary, 4670 S. Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah, with a viewing on Sunday, April 29, 2012, between 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., as well as one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in Hailey, Idaho next to her husband, Jim. Funeral Directors: Holladay-Cottonwood Memorial Mortuary. Online condolences can be submitted at www.memorialutah.com
Published in Deseret News on Apr. 29, 2012