Set in stone: Utah woman’s recipe for fudge engraved on headstone

LOGAN, Utah — Some people take special recipes to their graves. Others like to share. A Utah man loved his wife’s fudge recipe to death, so it is only fitting that their headstone is adorned with the recipe for the sweet dessert he loved so much.

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At Logan City Cemetery, the headstone for Wade Andrews and his wife, Kathryn Andrews, sports the recipe for Kay’s Fudge, KSTU reported.

Janice Johnson said her mother, Martha Kathryn Kirkham Andrews, went by “Kay,” the television station reported.

“She really loved people,” Johnson told KSTU. “She would write poetry, and she would take fudge whenever people got together.”

Kay Andrews died at the age of 97 on Dec. 17, 2019. Her husband, Dr. Wade Huff Andrews, died May 22, 2000. According to his obituary, Wade Andrews was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was part of the Spanish-American Mission from 1937 to 1940. During World War II, he was a B-24 bomber pilot and named his plane “Salt Lake Katie” for his soon-to-be wife, who he married on Dec. 18, 1944, in Salt Lake City.

Wade Huff received the Distinguished Flying Cross and was a five-time recipient of the Air Medal, according to his obituary.

“She (Kay) was crazy about him from the beginning,” Johnson told KSTU.

The couple met in New York City, where Kay Andrews was studying fashion and design, the television station reported. They had time for one date, enjoying dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The couple exchanged more than 100 letters, KSTU reported. When Wade Andrews finished his tour of duty, he traveled to Salt Lake City and proposed.

“Took her to the Capitol steps and gave her the diamond and they were married 18 days later,” Johnson told the television station.

The couple had five children. At the time of her death, Kay Andrews had 15 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, according to her obituary.

After Wade Andrews’ death, his wife helped select the images on their headstone. When her children suggested she should get equal billing, Kay Andrews had her recipe set in stone, KSTU reported.

Johnson said her mother was aware of the headstone’s popularity through the years. It has been discussed on websites including Reddit. Kay Andrews’ recipe has also been posted on travel sites and by foodies who found the placement of it on a headstone fascinating.

It is certainly a recipe to die for.