Peggy Jean Huish AndersenSeptember 3, 1929 - May 31, 2018
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Funeral Service June 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Edgemont South Stake Center, 2950 North Canyon Road, Provo, Utah
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Peggy Jean Huish Andersen
1929 ~ 2018
Peggy Jean Huish Andersen, 88, passed away on 31 May 2018 in Provo, Utah, which had been her home for 46 years. She was born September 3, 1929, in the desert town of Douglas, Arizona. She is the daughter of Heber Allen Huish and Edna Lillian Haymore and sister to seven brothers: Billy (killed in WWII), Jack, Ted, Edward, Jamie, Seaman, Stephen; and an older sister, Genevieve. Her parents and siblings have all preceded her in death except Stephen.
Her main childhood memories were of tending her younger brothers, including pushing them around in old-time baby carriages, or following her older brothers in their escapades into the desert to find burros to ride. After doing her chores each day, she also played boys’ football and baseball, marbles, and looked forward to cooking black potatoes deep inside their campfires in early evenings. She was a leader among her school mates, but was a true tomboy, wearing boys’ clothes to school until her senior year in high school. She was honored as salutatorian and received the Carlson Merit Trophy, given to the most outstanding student.
Peggy met her husband, Dwayne N. Andersen, on a blind date at Brigham Young University in her first year. It was “love at first sight” for both of them; and they were married September 15, 1948, in the Mesa Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a double wedding ceremony, as her brother, Jack , married Dwayne’s sister, Karma. They were blessed with two sons and two daughters: Trudy (Rick Olmstead) of Carpinteria, California; Allen Dwayne Andersen (Jennie Murdock) of Lehi, Utah; Valerie (Richard Heaton); and Douglas Oran Andersen (Karen Smith), both of Provo, Utah. Peggy’s greatest joys and loves in life were her family and gospel service. She was adored by her 26 grandchildren and 53+ great grandchildren.
In 1951 during the Korean War, when the Church asked for volunteer missionaries, Dwayne and Peggy volunteered Dwayne to serve. He was made a seventy and then given a call to serve in Japan for two years, leaving Peggy to work to provide his financial support. Peggy had always wanted to serve a mission, so this seemed to partly fulfill that dream. Taking their 1 ½ yr old Trudy to an older couple for care was the hardest thing she had to do each day. In later years Dwayne and Peggy were called as mission president and wife in Japan and Okinawa, then as the first temple president and matron in Tokyo, Japan.
For 7 years, the Andersen family lived in Laie, Hawaii. Dwayne worked in the counseling department at Church College of Hawaii, now called BYU Hawaii; and Peggy completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a composite of English, Journalism, and Speech. She often took her children to the nearby college library, and sitting around a large table, they did homework together. Peggy accompanied Dwayne to six islands of the South Pacific where he represented the Church College of Hawaii and met with parents and leaders. They left Hawaii to come to Brigham Young University in Provo for him to direct the International Student Office. She was privileged to accompany him to 13 countries of South America as he represented BYU.
After retirement Peggy and Dwayne were assigned to train married couples to serve temple missions throughout the church. Still later they served a temple mission to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she also helped in the stake and wards by teaching classes and speaking to young adults and Relief Society sisters. The next assignment overseas was to be Supervisors of seminaries and institutes in Johannesburg and Durban, So. Africa. Instead of one mission, Peggy was privileged to serve five missions with Dwayne. She rejoiced with each assignment as she had the opportunity to bear witness of the mission of Jesus Christ and the Gospel Plan of Happiness. Peggy acted as Dwayne’s personal secretary and record keeper in every assignment, and typed the patriarchal blessings he gave while he was a patriarch. In between mission assignments, Peggy served as a Relief Society president. She also loved volunteer work in the Provo area.
Dwayne was buried in the Veteran section of the Provo City Cemetery in 2012; and Peggy will be buried by his side. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, 5 June, at the Edgemont South Stake Center, 2950 N. Canyon Rd, at 11:00 am, with a viewing 90 minutes prior to services.