Anna Christensen Cates returned to her Heavenly Father on February 21, 2017. She was born on August 19, 1931 in Richfield, Sevier County, Utah, the oldest of the six children of George Foy and Ella Madge McClellan Christensen. The family later moved to Payson, Utah.
From the time she was a child, Anna worked along with her father in the office and wholesale division of the Christensen Department Stores. She also worked closely with her mother at home learning the art of canning the bounties of the harvest and other homemaking skills, and helping with her younger siblings.
Following graduation from Payson High School, Anna attended Brigham Young University, from which she graduated in 1954. She taught Business Education in three Utah high schools: Richfield High, Provo High and Murray High. As a break from teaching, she enjoyed a two-year period of employment as secretary to Elders Mark E. Petersen and Delbert L. Stapley of the Council of the Twelve and others of the LDS General Authorities. In 1973, she accepted a position with the LDS Relief Society in Salt Lake City. There she served with four general Relief Society presidencies and members of their general boards and staffs until her retirement in 1993.
On September 4, 1990, Anna married David Thomas Cates Jr. in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They resided in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, Utah. Following her retirement, Anna and David enjoyed serving together in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission.
Always a devoted member and active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Anna served diligently in many callings throughout her life. In her later years, she enjoyed working in the LDS Family History extraction program.
Anna enjoyed the association of many wonderful people including family, friends, neighbors and work associates.
She had a strong testimony of Heavenly Father and the Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His atoning sacrifice.
Anna is survived by her siblings: Richard (Diane, deceased) Christensen, and Ruth C. (Steven) Gordon; also 19 nieces and nephews and their families. Her husband’s children are Kathleen (Patrick) Rose, Michael T. Cates, David T. (Leslie) Cates, IV, and Carolyn (Kreed) Lovell. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and three younger siblings; Helen Christensen, Robert Christensen and Carolyn C. Zander.
Funeral services will be held at the Val Verda Stake Center located at 2651 S. 500 W. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Prior to the funeral a viewing will be held at the Stake Center from 10:30 to 11:45. Following the services, burial will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The family expressed a heartfelt thank you to the outstanding caregivers at Quality Hospice, the loving Pole’o Family and the Wellington Assisted Living staff.
In lieu of flowers, and for the benefit of others, Anna has asked that any contributions be made to the Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation or the LDS Humanitarian Fund.