clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Obituary: Martha Joy Anderson

Martha Joy Anderson 1943 ~ 2005 Martha Joy Anderson, devoted and beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend and advocate for the mentally ill, died Aug. 30, 2005, in Salt Lake City of natural causes. She was born April 25, 1943, in Salt Lake City, the firstborn of Vernon Lockwood Anderson and Joyce Margaret Roberts Anderson. Martha1s middle name bespeaks the gift she brought to all who knew her. A precocious child with blonde locks and artistic gifts, she was an accomplished pianist and painter by the time she graduated from Brigham Young University High School in Provo, Utah. Throughout her youth, she set an extraordinary example of caring and excellence for her seven siblings. When the family moved to Salvador, Brazil, in 1962, Martha bore many family responsibilities while teaching English at the American Institute at the University of Bahia in Salvador. In the full flowering of her young adulthood, she left her family in Brazil in 1963 to return to Utah to render months of around-the-clock care as her mother lay dying of cancer. That experience had a profound impact on her life. Martha moved to Southern California, where she lived for many years and made many friends. After working in real estate, Martha returned to Utah to be near her father and her brothers and sisters and their families, to whom she offered extraordinary love and support for the remainder of her days. She worked for several years as an advocate for the mentally ill, most recently as a consumer advocate and coordinator for the Utah Division of Mental Health and on the board of the National Mental Health Association. Though she struggled with the devastating effects of bipolar disorder, Martha loved life, good food, music, books, films, conversation, laughter and her relatives. Blessed with a keen mind and great empathy, she helped her brothers and sisters and their spouses, and her many nieces and nephews, understand the value of family ties, always giving more than she ever received in return. Their gratitude and sense of loss cannot be put in words. Martha is survived by her father and his wife, Gerri, Ocala, Fla.; sisters Julie (Robert) Allphin, Alpine, Utah; Colette (Tom) Gill, Sugar Land, Texas; and Susan (John) Schilling, Mattoon, Ill.; brothers Vern (Patty Henetz) Anderson, Salt Lake City; David (Susan Walker) Anderson, Salt Lake City; Jonathan (Sonia) Anderson, Bluffdale, Utah;, and Laurence Anderson, Salt Lake City; 31 nieces and nephews and their 24 children. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Salt Lake City.