Ilene Hulse Anderson passed away peacefully, with tears in her eye, at her home on the evening of January 13, 2022, surrounded by her family and friends. Ilene was born to Warren and Blanche Hulse in Magna, Utah. She had a twin sister, Irene, and looked nothing alike, but were lifelong best friends. She was a Cypriot high school graduate. While living in Magna, she met Dale through a family friend, fell in love, and was married June 30 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had two children, Brent and Cherie, and raised them in Holladay, Utah.
Ilene was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was the kind of mother who, when she came home from work, was completely devoted to her family. Ilene sometimes had a mischievous side. Rumor has it that she may have carpeted a house with her children and their friends. She was also someone who would be very well dressed 6 days a week, but on Saturdays she was out in the yard doing heavy yard work. She taught her children to have a strong work ethic.
Ilene has worked as a secretary at Cyprus Secondary School, the Ministry of Labour, and the CBTU Children’s Behavior Unit located in the former Douglas School in Salt Lake City.
Dale and Ilene believed in living life to the fullest. Once retired, they traveled several times to the United States, Europe, cruised with friends, and spent time at their second home in St. George. Together they served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Temple Square. Later they were called to start the hospitality program at the LDS Conference Center. She was ready to take on any assignment, including counting the auditorium’s 21,200 seats to make sure the tour script was right. Their mission lasted 15 years. Ilene was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a rare muscle disease. Even when she became weak and started walking with a cane, she continued to serve at the center, and later at Intermountain Medical Center.
Ilene had a wonderful personality with a caring heart. It was easy to become her friend. During the last years of her life, she became bedridden, but always had a good attitude and a positive attitude. She loved visitors and her iPad. She loved her granddaughter, Claire, playing in her room and her little fur babies napping in her bed and then licking her face. Dale and Ilene loved each other very much. He always called her “Mrs. A.” In addition to the hospice, Dale took care of her and was by her side until her last moments. They were married for 55 years.
She is now with our Savior, his family, and his friends who passed away before. Our hearts are broken, but we have gained a special guardian angel. In the end, Ilene enjoyed looking out the window from her bed. Especially to flowering trees. Every time we see a tree bloom, it will be the tree that reminds us of its love.
Ilene is survived by husband Dale, son Brent, daughter Cherie and son-in-law Wade Freestone, granddaughter Claire Freestone and grandson Christopher Freestone, sister Irene Mitchell and big babies Parker and Finn. She is predeceased by her parents, Warren and Blanche Hulse, her brother-in-law Ted Mitchell, Blackie and Max.
The family would like to thank Symbii Home Health and Hospice and Cascades Rehabilitation Center for the generous care and love shown to Ilene and her family over the years.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 18 between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State Street, Murray, Utah. Masks will be provided to all visitors. A funeral service will be held at Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Millcreek, Utah on Wednesday, January 19 at noon. Online condolences can be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com. –
Published by Deseret News from January 15 to January 16, 2022.