Dear Friends,
We wanted to let everyone know that Anne passed away Saturday morning Aug 22nd. It has been a very hard week, but it has also been filled with great love and many miracles. The Spirit of the Holy Ghost has been with our family and has helped us to feel peace and comfort at this time. Anne will be missed so much, but we love her and know that her mission on this earth has been completed and we know that she has returned home to our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ. We have been greatly touched by the outpouring of love you have all given in the last few days through comments on her blog. Anne touched so many lives because she was a true friend. If you would like to join with us in celebrating her life we would love to have you.

A viewing will be held August 26th, Wednesday night from 6-8 pm at the following location.

Eden 1st Ward
6450 East 1900 North
Eden, UT 84310

A viewing will also be held August 27th, Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30am at the same location followed by her funeral at 11:00am at the same location.

If you wish to send flowers please send them to:

1007 W. South Jordan Parkway
South Jordan, UT 84095
( be sure not to send the flowers to the church)

please have the flowers delivered before 1:00pm on Wednesday or you can bring them personally Wednesday night.

Once again, thank you for all of your kind words about our sweet sister. We love her too, and this world will not be the same without her.


Lasting Memories by Marjean said...

Dear Ward,

Our hearts are so full and so sad at the same time. We love you and we love Anne so very much. Please know that our prayers are with you, those beautiful girls, the Petersen family and the Creager family. We are so thankful for forever families and know that we will see Anne again in a perfect state without the pains of mortal life. She has been amazing through this journey and has given much strength to the Jolley family, especially Natalie.

We love you!

Mike and Marjean

Halls Family said...

I was in the temple Saturday morning and thought of Anne, Ward, and the girls the whole time I was there. We did a session and sealings, and during the sealings I felt so strongly the blessings of being sealed forever as a family. We are so sorry you have to be without your wife, mother, daughter and sister for a time on this earth, but know you will be able to enjoy the eternities with her. Anne is such a sweet angel and will be with you always. We love you all and have you in our prayers.

Cherilyn and David Halls

Isom Family said...

May the knowledge of your joyful meeting when the Savior comes to the earth again, give you strength through this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

-Linda Clark Isom and Family

Tyler and Kelli said...

I pray that you and your girls will forever treasure the writings that Anne has left behind for you. Although she left this world far too soon, I am glad she was able to prepare and leave behind the things that she thought would mean the most. May your family be comforted during this sad time.

All my love,

kcheinze said...

Dear Ward,
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel in Anne's passing...not for her for she is whole and well again, but for you and your beautiful girls and all of those who loved her so. We are blessed to have known her. Truly she was an angel on earth and when I have seen the two of you together, I know your love was something very special and will last for eternity. We love you and pray you will be strengthened by your faith and the spirit of the Lord.
Lynn and Kathy

Brodi Ashton said...


I am heartbroken. I hope these words from President Hinckley can give you comfort, as they have given me countless times.

"It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we put our trust in him, if we will pray to him, if we will live worthy of his blessings, he will hear our prayers."

President Gordon B. Hinckley
(at the funeral of his wife, Marjorie)

I hardly knew Anne, and yet I loved her.

Sending you love from our family,
Brodi Ashton

Josi said...

Thank you for keeping us updated, with everything going on I so appreciate being able to know the specifics.

Anne was wonderful, and she spoke so highly of her family. Thank you for including us.

Marietta said...

Ward, I know how much Anne touched the lives of many as I'm sure she did yours. May you and your girls be comforted by the Spirit through this tragic loss. Thank goodness for the knowledge that we have of the Gospel and for eternal families. You are such a lucky man to have been blessed by such an angel for a wife, as so many of us were blessed to have known her as our friend. We'll miss you Anne and look forward to when we can see each other again...Love, Bart and Marietta Priest

Rip Curl Mom said...

Dear Ward,
I have been so overcome in hearing of Anne's passing. I am so grateful to know what I know and to know that you will be with Anne again. I truly love her as well as you and the girls. You are in our fervent prayers. Please lean on us if you need anything at all.

Kelly and Ross Walker

Ronda Hinrichsen said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear or Anne's passing, but I am also so grateful her suffering has ended. She was, indeed, blessed until the end. As will be you, Ward, and your beautiful daughters.

The Harwood Family said...

Dear Ward & Family,

I was so shocked a few days ago to learn about Anne's condition. I had no idea that you guys have been going through all of this! We only knew you for a short time in the 6th ward when you lived in the townhouses. I think I took over for your wife as the primary secretary when you moved. I am so sorry that we lost touch, but so glad that I was able to read Anne's blog these past few days! What a spiritual giant! She is amazing. I haven't seen Anne for a few years, but as I read each blog entry I could feel her sweet spirit. She has touched many lives. I am so grateful to be one of the people that knows her. We love your family and wish the best for you in the road ahead! Please know that we are thinking of you!

Jason and Jessica Harwood & family

Amie said...

Good bye, sweet Anne, until we meet again. What I wouldn't give to be able to come and join with family and friends to celebrate her life which was so well-lived. We will be thinking about you, Ward and girls, and everyone else who is mourning Anne's loss. Her memory will be forever in our heart. Love, Amie and Zach

Amber said...

Dear Ward,

We will be forever grateful for the influence and example that you and Anne have been for us. We have always treasured your friendship.

We are so sad to hear about Anne's passing. Thank you for sharing her life with us. We pray that your family will be comforted, and feel the blessings of the Spirit in your lives.

Your friends,
Travis and Amber Gerritsen

Brad Anderson said...

I am stunned. I knew Anne in High school. I have always seen her as a great friend. She was a great person! I am so sad!
Our thoughts are with your family.

Brad, and Amber Anderson

Lisa Carter said...

Dear Ward and Girls,
I want to offer my support to you and your family. I lost my sweet husband last year at this very time, and I am so sorry beyond words for your loss. I hope that you feel of the sweet spirit that envelops you at this time. It is such a painful time, but also a time of profound strengthening through the spirit. Write everything down, you will cherish every lesson, every memory, and every thought in the next little while.
You are always a family, just different, but always a family.
With love,
Lisa Carter

Crystal Dever said...

Dear Ward,
We want you to know we love you and are so sorry for your loss. We look forward to seeing you and your sweet wife reunited. We will keep you and your little girls in our hearts and prayers. We are so lucky to have known Anne. The things she taught us will always be a part of us. Hugs to you all.

Love, Brandon & Crystal

gnkharvey said...

I wanted to let you all know that my thoughts are with you even though I won't be able to be with you. As everyone else has said, Anne was truly special. She touched so many lives in positive ways. I am praying for you all.
I love you and miss you.


John Petersen said...

Those of us who were able to spend a lot of time with Anne as we grew up were so blessed to have her as part of our lives. Anne was the closest thing to an angel on earth that I have ever known.

I'm having a hard time getting through this post and it reminds me of when I first learned she had cancer. I immediately called her; I probably should have pulled myself together before calling. I was so shaken up I could barely talk through the sobs. I'm a little embarrassed to say that Anne was the one trying to make me feel better and make me feel like everything would be okay. That's just who she was, strong, happy, and an angel on earth.

Anne, I miss you already, John

njfroerer said...

Dear Ward and girls,
There are no words to describe how sorry I am for the passing of Anne.
Anne, changed my life for the better. I am so grateful for her and for the friendship we were able to form in such a short time. She was a ray of sunshine when the coulds were out. Thanks for moving to the valley at the right time:)The impact she has made on so many people will be everlasting.
Ward, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet little ones. We will always be here for you if you need anything. Thanks for sharing Anne with us. We love you

Jamie and Nick

Reeves Family said...

My heart and prayers go out to your family. May Heavenly Father give you all peace. I went to Highschool with and she was scuh a nice and kind person. She will be missed greatly.

DC Roses said...

Dear Ward and family,

I wish I could find the right words to convey our love and sorrow for you and your family right now, but I don't know if such potent words even exist. I know that nothing I could possibly say or write could take away the pain you must be feeling. Please know that we love your family and are thinking so much about you. The tears can't help but stream down my face just writing this. Thank you for sharing your lives through the blog. We feel so blessed to have been able to follow you on this journey even if only from a distance. We have always been impressed by your family and have wished we had more years of dental school together before parting. Please take care during this difficult time, and give those precious girls a squeeze from us.

Rebecca and Paul Rose

Hunter family said...

Dear Ward and girls,

We just want you to know how very sorry we are for your loss. Our hearts are full - because of the love that Anne gave to all who came into her life and the thought that it will be "physically" absent for a while from the ones she loved the most. We are so grateful that your family chose to live in South Ogden for a brief while, so that we could get to know you and Anne and feel of your testimonies and your spirits. We will continue to pray for you and the girls- that your hearts will be comforted and that you will be able to feel the love and support from your family, friends and a Loving Heavenly Father. We just are so grateful for a life well lived and the example Anne was to our family. We love her always and extend that love to you and your girls during this difficult time.
Angela and Boyd Hunter and family

jensenfamily said...

Our thoughts are prayers are with you during this difficult time. Anne was an amazing person with a huge heart! She touched so many lives, she will never be forgotten. How grateful we are for eternal families.

Sheri said...

Ward... today I saw you pick up your beautiful girls from school with a huge smile on your face - it brought tears to my eyes, but also a sweetness of the spirit confirming that life goes on and your sweet family is a forever one. We are so sorry for your loss. We have been touched by knowing your family even in the few short months that we have. You are special people and we know the Lord is mindful of you. Please know that we are here for you in any way we are needed. My girls would love to play! And when you are ready, I would love to help you make a book or books for the girls or even of the blogs and words that Anne left.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Greg and Sheri Farley

Bybee Family said...

Anne and I were good friends from the time we were in nursery together. So many memories of camping, singing, picking raspberries, but mostly her smile. My heart and prayers go out to your family at this time. Anne has always been an amazing person and someone I have always looked up to and admired.
-Amanda Weaver Bybee

Sydney said...

Anne is the reason I have a testimony of visiting teaching. The compassion she had for the sisters we visited in Cleveland will forever be with me. She was an absolute treasure and I feel honored to have known her.

Rosalee said...

Dear Ward -
We are so sorry to hear about Anne. She was an amazing woman. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Rick and Rosalee Ballard

Amber Wong said...

Ward I want to thank you for helping Anne call me on Friday. I was so happy to be able to talk to her and tell her how much she meant to me. You have been so strong through this and I pray for your strength and for the girls.

Anne - the amazing true friend, wonderful mother, loving wife, awesome author, helpful leader, daring photographer, sweet sister, inspiring individual, caring person and so much more - I will miss you and you will be missed by so many - I look forward to seeing you again with your beautiful smile and long gorgeous hair.

Love ,
Amber, Cliff, Ella, and Grace Wong

Misty Kilburn Wiese said...

I Am Love~
I am one who passed before my time,
Look closely yet; you will see my signs.

I am love that watches over you,
I am heaven’s comfort pure and true.

I am the smile; the eyes that shine,
My love is not lost, nor is confined.

Feel with your heart in those quiet nights,
My arms around you with love’s pure light.

And even though you can not see;
Know that I am with you...and will always be.
~Misty Kilburn Wiese~

I am so blessed to have known Anne in school, we played in jazz band together. Even though I have not spoken to Anne in many years, I feel compelled to say goodbye in some way. In reading a lot of posts from others, there is one word that keeps repeating and that is angel....She truly was an angel. She always saw the best in everyone and she was and has been an example to many. I want to let all of her family know how very sorry I am for such a great loss. Please know that there have been many tears shed and prayers said on everyone's behalf. I pray that you feel the comfort of our Savior who knows and understands your pain. Anne will live on in those three beautiful girls, and someday you will all be reunited. Please accept my sympathy and love.
Misty Kilburn Wiese

wadenjuile said...

Anne touched the lives of everyone that she meet.... I am so thankful that I knew her in this life.... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love Wade and Julie Rallison

Sarah Buma said...

Ward, We are so sad with you. We knew Anne as a friend and a teacher long before she disclosed her love of writing. Over time, modest as she was, she was discovered. I remember first going to the Grinch play she wrote for her 8th graders. Writing became a sweet connection we shared. After you graduated from dental school, our paths lead us in different geographical directions. Anne's words kept you all close to us. I (Sarah) always felt close to her, as we wrote often. As before, it will be her words that will remind us of her warmth, light, charity, faith, humor and goodness. Her words always spoke the truth, and they always testified. Her words will build us and keep her ever close. Her kindness will be remembered and will continue to inspire, uplift and strengthen. Bless her for living in such a beautiful way and for writing it down. Anne once told me that she hopes McCady, MaLeah and Maiya will emulate her best qualities and they'll forget her weaknesses. I told her there are few, if any parts of her you could call "weak". I know your girls will be strong because of BOTH of their amazing parents. Blessings to your extended family, too, as you continue filling your home with love and new dreams. We love Anne. We adore your family. We will miss her. Tears and hugs are being shared, as well as prayers offered from this distant land, for you.

Love, Sarah, Brad, Ashton, Evan, Cameron & Maren Buma

Halls Family said...

Ward and beautiful girls,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you far away here in AZ. It is 9:38AM, Thursday morning and I wish we were there to give you all hugs. Thanks to you for sharing a part of your sweet Anne with us as we went through dental school and beyond. A piece of her heart was left with everyone she knew, and we are all much better people because of it. We love you all and wish we could have been there with you.
Cherilyn, David, Mitch, Ryan, Emily, Steve and Amie Halls