\nMaxine Dyreng Andrews\n\nSeptember 18, 1927 – September 1, 2023\n\nMaxine Dyreng Andrews slipped peacefully from this life on Friday, September 1, 2023,\nat the age of 95 years, just short of her 96 th birthday. She died at home in Salem, Utah,\nof natural causes.\nBorn on Sunday, September 18, 1927, in Manti, Utah, Maxine was the fifth of eight\nchildren born to Ivan Leland Dyreng and Mabel Reid Dyreng.\nHer dad was a U.S. Forest Ranger, so the family sometimes lived in remote\ncommunities. In the summer of 1930, when Mother was not quite three years old, her\ndad got his first assignment and the Dyrengs moved to Potts, Nevada. Potts was\nnamed for the two families who lived there. There were not enough children to hire a\nschoolteacher until the Dyreng family moved in. They attended school in a one-room\nschoolhouse (think of “Little House on the Prairie”). Mother remembers being so\nexcited to skip with both feet all the way to school (about half a mile) on her first day of\nclass. They had no electricity and no indoor bathroom until Grandpa had one installed.\nThe Dyreng family moved to Austin, Nevada (which was a little town), and the school\nhad separate classes for each grade. Mother and her siblings were all way ahead of\ntheir grade level. The family had to entertain themselves playing games and singing\naround the piano. Because her sisters were older than her, Mother often had to play by\nherself. She played jacks, hopscotch, and jump rope by herself. She especially loved\nto play with paper dolls.\nMother attended fourth, fifth, and sixth grades in Loa, Utah. It was a real town. They\nlived across the street from the school. There was an LDS church in Loa, and it was\ngood to worship with saints again.\nMother finished sixth grade and went all through high school in Salina. She loved\nriding horses in the mountains with her dad. She was in the high school band, and they\nwent to Salt Lake City and marched in the Days of ’47 Parade. She graduated with\nHonors from North Sevier High School in Salina, where she was known for her beauty,\nmusical talents, and intelligence.\n\nShe was in high school when she met a boy who knew what he wanted. He wanted her\nand he let everyone know it, fighting off other would-be suitors, when necessary.\nShe married R Delos Andrews, her high school sweetheart, in the Manti Temple on\nThursday, June 14, 1945. Flag Day. She borrowed a wedding dress from a friend; but\nthey were not allowed to take any pictures because the friend’s wedding was a month\nlater.\nMusic was an important part of the Dyreng family life. Grandma Dyreng played the\npiano and everyone sang. They always sang when they were doing the dishes. Mother\nwanted to have music in her home, as well, so she encouraged her children to have\nmusical lessons of some sort. She sang in trios and Singing Mother’s Choruses\nwherever she lived.\nDaddy’s work as a livestock broker took them from Utah to California and then to\nArizona. A little farm girl from Utah, Mother learned to drive on the California freeways,\nfrequently entertained extended family members who visited Disneyland, and flushed\nour pet octopus down the toilet (and then, she was afraid to use the bathroom for the\nlongest time after that!). Her sister, Norma and her husband Morris, came to visit and\nthey decided to go to the temple. It was closed, so they went to Disneyland instead.\nJust the adults. That was the most fun!\nMother and Daddy lived in Tempe, Arizona, for six years (the longest they lived in one\nplace since Aurora) and created some wonderful, life-long friendships. The church was\nstrong in Tempe. They hosted fund-raising breakfasts to help build a new chapel;\nDaddy auctioned off the gold shovels used for the ground-breaking.\nThey moved back to Utah in 1970 and lived at “The Ranch” north of Mona. You know it\nas Young Living Farm now. They were glad to be home and living near family again.\nThey built their home in Salem in 1980, where children, grandchildren and great-\ngrandchildren came to fill their house and yard with music, joy, laughter, reunions,\nparties, noise, and love. They served in numerous church callings, blessed the lives of\nmany of you, and have wonderful friends and neighbors. They grew from being young,\nactive 53-year-olds who served wherever and whenever needed (some memorable\nexamples: acting as pioneers for Primary, serving as cooks at Girl’s Camp, and\ntransporting a porta-potty to a ward campout), to older adults, to feeble seniors who\nneeded others to serve them. As their family, we love and appreciate you.\n\nMother and Daddy raised five children, three daughters and two sons. Melvin, Connie,\nand Patsy were born in Salina, Utah; Julie in Payson, Utah; and Steve in Huntington\nPark, California. Mother thought it was unique that her five children live in five different\nstates.\nAlways a gracious hostess, Mother loved to have family and friends around. She\nenjoyed playing games, sharing laughs and love. She excelled in the homemaking\nskills and was a devoted wife, loving Mother, and exceptional Grandmother and Great-\nGrandmother. She made each family member feel special and loved teaching her\ngrandchildren and great-grandchildren how to bake cinnamon twisties at home and at\nfamily reunions. She will be remembered as a mother who created a safe and loving\nhome where everyone felt welcome.\nA member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from pioneer stock,\nMother served with her husband as missionaries in the LDS Cannery in Springville, and\nthe Provo and Orlando Florida Temples. She served in the Family History Center in\nSpanish Fork in the name extraction program. She has served in many callings in the\nchurch in the Sunday School, Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations.\nShe said, “Thank goodness for the church. You have friends wherever you go.”\nPreceded in death by her parents, sisters: Doris Simmons and Norma Nelson, and\nbrothers Leland Reid Dyreng, Gail E Dyreng, Garth Reid Dyreng, and Ivan Leland\nDyreng, Jr. Left to cherish her memory are her brother David Boyd (Charlotte) Dyreng\nof North Las Vegas, Nevada; children: Melvin Delos (Katherine) of La Place, Louisiana;\nConnie Lee (Barry) Booth of Gilbert, Arizona; Patsy (Thomas) Young of Walla Walla,\nWashington; Julie (Reed) Turnbow of Salem, Utah; Steven Lane (Rita) of Rio Linda,\nCalifornia. She is the loving grandmother of 31 grandchildren (+25 spouses), 97 great-\ngrandchildren (+ 3 spouses), and a numerous host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.\nHer youngest great-grandchild was born on August 20. Mother was able to hold him\nwhen he was just one day old.\nPlease join us as we honor our Mother. Her funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon\non Saturday, September 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salem 4 th\nWard, 25 W Apple Blossom Way, Salem, Utah. A viewing will be held at the church on\nSaturday at 10:00 am, prior to the services. Interment will be at the Salem City\nCemetery.