In Memory

Reva Anderson (Johnson)

Reva was born on the 29th of April 1948 in Rexburg Idaho to Glenice and Stanley Anderson (a farmer), the fourth daughter of five girls!  She passed away at the U of U Hospital in Salt Lake City on Oct. 15, 2016 of natural causes.  Reva was raised on a small farm in Independence, Idaho in a modest home built by her great-grandfather. She lived there until she left for college at the age of 18.   As a child she loved animals, swimming in the ditch and nearby canals, and spent endless hours exploring nearby cottonwood groves.  She started her formal education in a two room school that housed eight grades, had a pot belly stove in the corner for heat and an outdoor privy.  She ended her formal education as a graduate from BYU with a degree in Education. She continued to informally learn and educate herself throughout the rest of her life.  In 1970 she married her high school sweetheart, Keith Johnson.  She taught school for three years and then retired, to start a new full-time career as a mother - eventually giving birth to, and raising six children.  After raising her children, she went back to work for five years as a substitute teacher.  A new career beckoned, however, so she again retired, to become a full-time, amazing, world-class grandmother to 20 grandchildren(plus one in the oven). Reva loved nature, hiking, car camping, backpacking, traveling, family gatherings and activities, cooking, reading and serving other people.  She was an active member of the LDS church and gave service in many different positions. She was very spiritual, loved the Savior and did her best to live his teachings.  She was an earth-bound angel who has now found her wings.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her husband Keith; daughters, Dawn Lamborn (Bryan), Debbie Thompson, Angela Gerber (Steve); Sons, Dan (Jenn), Eric (Camille) & Mitch (Alison); 20 grandchildren: and 4 sisters.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday Oct. 20, 2016 at the Pheasant Ward, 610 North Rowland Way, Centerville, UT .  Viewing times will be Wed. Oct, 19, 2016 6-8 PM at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 No. Main, Bountiful, UT., and on the morning of the service from 9:30-10:30 at the church.

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10/20/16 08:31 AM #1    

Bryan Fujimoto


Beverly Stewart sent me class photos from when we were in grade school.  I just looked at them.  Those old photos are a time machine of the way we were.

I will always remember you for your kindness.  To me, that single noble attribute of the soul gives hope for all of us.  You are so kind.  Keith and your family miss you dearly.  Because I am your triend, I understand.  


10/21/16 10:34 AM #2    

David R. Anderson

My wife and I attended the funeral services for Reva Anderson Johnson on Thursday the 20th of October. It was a special service where her children and grand children and her husband Keith shared memories and insight into Reva's life growing up, her school years, her courtship with Keith, and her years raising her family, and her years of service rendered to family & others. Reva grew up as a reserved farm girl from Indepence, ID into a loving wife, mother & grandmother who served others while enduring the pains and ravages of her debilitating health condition.  Our prayers & condolences go out to Keith and his family.

10/21/16 03:42 PM #3    

Willis Kortright

Reva I have known you since we grew up in Burton gioing to school and church together.

Being told you had passed away is a huge loss for those of us who knew you and grew up together.

Seeing you at the 50th reunion made the whole experience worth all the hours those of us on the committee had put in.

Seeing you in that photo booth and that huge smile with the rest of the Burton kids.

I will always remember you and that special bond all of us has together.

You have become a sister to all of us I will miss seeing you and Keith together.

All of us lost a dear sweet friend.

10/22/16 06:24 PM #4    

Bev Stewart (Cordova)

I was so sad to hear about Reva's passing.  Reva has always been such a kind person.  I have always wanted to be better when I was around her.  When we were at Burton Elementary I always admired Reva for her ability to be everyone's friend and it continued through her life.  Keith, we offer our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Sincerely,  Tom and Beverly Stewart Cordova

10/22/16 09:43 PM #5    

Julie Arnold (Perry)

So sad to hear of Reva's passing. We were roommates at college as well as friends in high school. She was always sweet and kind; she never said an unkind work about anyone. She was truly an example of goodness and was always happy, especially when she was going to spend time with Keith. She was definitely in love with him. We will all miss her but so thankful to have been part of her life.

10/23/16 12:42 PM #6    

Steve Bunnell

Dear Keith,

So sorry about your wonderful wife.  She was always smiling, so glad to have known her and you.  Pease be with you and your family as I know she will be missed greatly.  So glad I got to see her and you at the reunion. Steve T. Bunnell



10/24/16 08:39 AM #7    

Trisa Jensen (Martin)

Reva has been one of my best friends since  we were in elementary school and we rode our bikes around Burton.  I have many memories of our junior high and high school years.  We were also roommates at BYU and both became teachers. Later when we had our families, I lived in Bountiful and Reva lived in Centerville so we kept close. When my mother died, Reva came to the services in Idaho and later brought me a lovely gift. She also encouraged me with projects and edited my novel.  My favorite tradition was our yearly lunch date.  Our last meeting was in May and I will miss this greatly.  

Reva was always kind, thoughtful and concerned about others.  She was a great listener and kept confidences.  She loved adventures and once we climbed to elephant rock in Mueller Park Canyon and ate our lunch there. She loved to tell me about her family and their many backpacking trips. 

My thoughts and prayers go to her family and I wish them peace and love. Trisa Jensen Martin 

10/25/16 05:43 AM #8    

Byron Webster

Kieth, I am sorry for the death of Reva.  She is everything everyone has said.  Seeing the two of you always made me feel good and brought an instant smile to my face.  You know this but I want to witness to the truth: It is so hard to be seperated from your best friend at this time. Reading the 40th chapter of Alma has brought me comfort and even joy; Reva is in Paradise because she is righteous. Paradise must be another deminsion of our space because Joseph F. Smith said that we live amoung the spirits of our family and friends that have passed through the veil; she is close by.
I do pray for you and your family,



10/26/16 12:16 PM #9    

Beverly Rigby (Boyle)

Dear Keith, 

Words can not express adequately my saddness in hearing the news of Reva's passing.  I was so sad I did not get to talk with you both at the reunion.  May you know that she was an angel to many and a friend to all.  She exemplified joy and happiness always.  I will always consider her to have been a dear friend.  

Our condolences and best wishes to you and your wonderful family, 

Beverly and Larry Boyle

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