Tresa Andersen McKinnon


Tresa Andersen McKinnon has gone on without us, leaving the morning of February 21, 2019. Born on November 12, 1918, Tresa was three months past her 100th birthday. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing.

Tresa was the fourth of ten children born to Hans and Mynoa Andersen. Her first four years were spent on the family farm in the Blue Creek area of Northern Utah. Because of the harsh northern Utah winters, her father moved the family to Virden New Mexico to run a potato farm where she had plenty of farm chores, and graduated from high school in 1936. She then went on to college, worked part time, and sang on a local radio program until she received her mission call from the LDS church to the Northern States Mission in 1940. It was in the mission field that she met Max McKinnon, the man who was to be her husband of 55 years. They were both in the mission choir, and would sing duets together at church functions.

Tresa and Max were married on July 9, 1943 in the Mesa Arizona temple. After Max was released from the Air Force following WWII, they made their way from Logan Utah, to Durango Colorado, and eventually settled in Orem Utah. There they raised a family of seven loving children in the happy valley of Utah County where Max taught Industrial Arts at Brigham Young University. Following their retirement, and after their loving children had moved on, the happy couple moved to Mesa where most of Tresa's family resides. Max passed there in Mesa in October of 1998.

Tresa loved her family, loved living, and lived an exemplary life. Because of her faith, she had absolutely no fear of what would come next. After Max passed, she traveled and spent time with her sisters. They would talk wistfully about how nice it would be to move on to the next world. They were happy and secure in their existence in this life and the next. Tresa also had the natural cure for depression passed on to her from her Mother - "it's impossible to be depressed while you're singing".
Each Monday, Tresa would have supper with her remaining siblings. At one of these, her younger sister asked the secret to her longevity. The answer was "ignore all the health fads".

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, march 2nd, 1:00 PM, at the LDS church, 525 East 2nd Ave, Mesa, AZ. Interment will be observed in Virden New Mexico prior to the funeral services.
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