Eva Joy Reid Anderson, mother of four, Nana of 12, and great-grandmother of four, peacefully passed away on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, after a long battle with heart disease. Eva Joy’s name was a true reflection of her life and the love she brought to those around her. Her greatest joy was raising her four children: Sandy, Carol, Derald and Traci, whom she firmly believed were her “greatest accomplishments.”
Born in Ephraim, Utah, on Jan. 8, 1945, to Kenneth and Vera Bills Reid. Eva Joy grew up with three siblings: Neil Reid (Voniel), Bonnie Jacobson Hilton (Glande) and Max Reid (Peggy). Eva Joy loved her siblings and was so proud of each of them and their families.
Eva Joy graduated from Manti High School in 1964. After attending a Manti High School basketball game, she and Janice, a girlfriend, asked a handsome young man, Gerald Anderson, for a ride home. It was this chance encounter with Gerald that was a beginning of a love affair that lasted 53 years and will continue for eternity. Eva Joy dedicated and gave her heart to the tender care of the love of her life, Gerald.
The two were sealed for time and all eternity on June 21,1964, in the Manti Temple. They made their home in Price, Utah, where Gerald was a beloved teacher at Carbon High School and Eva Joy served as the cafeteria manager.
As a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joy was called to serve her community as the Relief Society President, Primary President, and countless callings in support of her faith in the Lord.
Eva Joy treasured her family and welcomed newcomers to her household with an open heart. Joy believed in the inherent good of all. She taught her family to be good to all, and to treat one another with respect and love. One of her greatest talents was to accept anyone for who they were and love them unconditionally. She will be remembered by her family for the countless meals she beautifully prepared (especially her amazing rolls), treasured handmade items, the crocheted blankets and stockings she lovingly made for each grandchild and great-grandchild.
Eva Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Vera; brother, Neil; her husband, Gerald; her daughter, Sandy Anderson Smith (Woody); and grandsons, Liam Smith and Adam Crowell.
She leaves behind her children: Carol Joy Anderson (Jack Cole), Derald Kenneth Anderson and Traci Le Beckstead (Jedidiah Beckstead); grandchildren, Ellwood, Katie (Josh), McKay (Lexi), Ari, Martin, Camryn, Halie, Breeanna, Aidan, Ava, Dax and Airrington; and great-grandchildren, Charlie Joy, Cameron, Eleanor and Sage; as well as countless others who were dear to her.
The family invites all who knew Eva Joy to a viewing on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 15 at 12 p.m. in the Erda Utah Stake Center, 1050 W. Erda Way, Erda, Utah, with additional viewing prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. A graveside service will be held at the Mayfield, Utah, cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m.