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Fern Lillywhite Andersen

01/26/1933 - 08/14/2020
Service Date: 08/21/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1054 W. 2nd Place, Mesa, AZ 85201
Visitation Date: 08/20/2020
Visitation Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Visitation Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1054 W. 2nd Place, Mesa, AZ 85201
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Fern Lillywhite Andersen, 87, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away peacefully, August 14, 2020, in the home of her daughter, Adriana Burk of Queen Creek, AZ.

Born in Woodruff, AZ, January 26,1933, Fern was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a full-time missionary to the people of the Kingdom of Tonga. She attended school in Snowflake, AZ, and nearby towns of Taylor and Woodruff, and earned a bachelors degree in Home Economics from Brigham Young University.

Fern was married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa, Arizona Temple, June 1, 1959, to Adrian Lyneer Andersen. Together, they raised their 8 children, primarily, in Mesa. Fern and her husband cared for the elderly in their home for many years. Fern enjoyed serving her family and others with her talents of quilting, sewing, and cooking.

Fern served full-time missions with her husband to Panama City, Panama; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Elberta, Utah as well as other church service missions. She radiated love, acceptance and kindness to all who entered her sphere.

Fern’s legacy continues in an increasing posterity (currently at 198), including two sons and six daughters. She is also survived by 4 of her 11 siblings.

Viewing and funeral for Fern Lillywhite Andersen will be held at the Vineyard Ward building, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1054 West 2nd Place, Mesa, Arizona. Viewing (open to all): 7:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020 Funeral (for immediate family): 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2020 Flowers should be delivered to Bunker Mortuary by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. 33 N. Centennial Way Mesa, AZ 85201


  • Patty &Roger Washburn

    We are both deeply sorry for your loss. We love you all, I wish We could be there to celebrate her life.
    Donna, sending a hug and my love.

  • Shalila Lillywhite Lewis

    May peace be with family & friends of Aunt Fern.
    Love from Whitey & Shalila Lillywhite Lewis.

  • She was so Christlike. I remember her unwavering love and kindness. Ive always looked up to her.

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