Elva Faye Smith Andersen, 86, of Idaho Falls, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, after suffering a long struggle with Alzheimer's.
She was born Oct. 13, 1927, in St. Anthony, to Luther Edwin Smith and Sarah Ethel Hathaway Smith. She attended school into the eighth grade. When she was 14 years old, her father was killed in a car accident. Faye left school at this time and went to work to help provide for her family.
She was married to LeRoy John Andersen June 18, 1945, in Idaho Falls. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1976. They were married for 61 years.
They were blessed with three beautiful daughters, Sharon Faye (Kent) Weaver, Ava Marie (Lawrence) Bird, and Carol Lee (Dale) Beck. She was a proud mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. One of the biggest joys in her life was her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
She had various jobs throughout their marriage. Eventually, she helped LeRoy with his piano tuning and food service businesses. They retired in 1993 and enjoyed many winters in Arizona, living their lives as snowbirds.
She was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a stake missionary, primary worker, librarian, and in the Relief Society. She often bore her testimony by the way she lived and served others who were less fortunate and downtrodden.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Beck of Idaho Falls; her sister, Elaine Smith of Temecula, Calif.; and her brother, Evan Smith of Yuma, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Sharon Weaver and Ava Bird; sisters, Edla Terry and Elda Keele; brothers, Earl Smith, Eldwin Smith, Elmo Smith, Everett Smith, Elmer Smith, Ellis Dean Smith and Ervin Smith.
A special thanks to Peak Village and their staff for their excellent care and for going above and beyond when caring for her needs.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Nalder Funeral Home, 110 W. Oak St. in Shelley. The family will meet with friends from 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com.