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Carolyn Anderson

July 6, 1954 — October 28, 2021

Carolyn Anderson was reunited with her husband Lon on Oct 28th 2021 after suffering a massive stroke less than two weeks before. She transitioned from this life to the next in her granddaughter Haylee Hall's home in Sandy, Utah. She was surrounded by love in her last days, and we thank Haylee and her partner, Chance Riley for selflessly hosting home hospice with their dog Juno. I know this brought Carolyn much comfort in her last days.

Carolyn Anderson, 67 was born on July 6th 1954 in American Fork, Utah to Carl Richan and Virgina Small Richan. She married Lon Jay Anderson April 8th, 1970 in Provo, Utah, and was sealed April 9th, 1973 in the Salt Lake Temple. Something that was very important to her husband and is only one example of how Carolyn constantly put other's needs before her own. Carolyn had a passion for animals all her life. It was said that if she could start again, that she would have been a veterinarian. She rescued many, many animals in her days, filling the family home with dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, reptiles, birds and more. She took in as many animals as Lon would agree to and some that he didn't. She constantly rescued animals and rehomed them to anyone she came across and described herself as a "bleeding heart" for animals and those in need.

She dedicated much of her life to servicing others. She was widely known for her work as a crossing guard at Forbes Elementary for over 30 years. In her earlier years she also worked at Heritage Nursing Home, often she would visit the residents in her off hours with her children just to keep them company and help them know they were loved. Carolyn loved to garden and cook. She spent a lot of time in her yard perfecting her lilac trees, her roses, many flowers and a vegetable garden. Many who knew her can speak to her passion for baking and cooking. She would host elaborate holiday meals, cooking the entire day before, and waking in the wee hours of the morning to have everything ready. Carolyn made beautiful pies and would often invite or take plates to people who had nowhere to go.

Carolyn loved cemeteries, movies, and nature. The family took countless trips to Moab to hike the arches. She lived many years with her grandson, Bryan who she was very close to. Her grandchildren were a bright spot in her life. In addition to Bryan Hancock and Haylee Hall, Carolyn had 6 other grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her children Shelley (Brian) Hall, Jillian Anderson (Christina Youmans) and Adam Anderson (Stacey) her siblings Delene Brimhall, Janet Richan, and Raymond Richan. Anyone who knew Carolyn can attest not only to her generosity, but to her strong voice, stubborn nature and dark sense of humor. She was one of a kind, and we will all miss her immensely. Memorial services will be held November 23, 2021 at 11:00am at Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork, Utah 84003. The family will be visiting with friends prior to the services from 10:30am to 11:00am.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Anderson and Sons American Fork

49 E 100 N, American Fork, UT 84003

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