Antoinette White Mackelprang, 87, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on October 20, 2022 in Fredonia, Arizona.
Antoinette was born in Kanab, Utah on November 26, 1934 to Weaver Wickluff White and Naomi Lucy Griffiths. She was one of ten children and being the oldest daughter was given much responsibility in helping raise her siblings. As a young child she lived near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Williams area and her father worked down the canyon. She and her siblings would run down the South Kaibab Trail into Phantom Ranch and take her father supplies. She was truly gifted and had so many talents including sewing, quilting, cooking, master canner, silver smithing, porcelain doll making, herbalist, natural remedies, forager, genealogy, upholstery, etc. She was a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and friend. She married the love of her life Don J. Mackelprang in 1951 in Fredonia, Arizona. Antoinette was highly intelligent and earned her GED later in life when her children were still teenagers. She took several college courses over the years to better herself. She was constantly reading and learning and taught her children and grandchildren to love books as well. The most important accomplishment in her life was her family. She and her husband participated in many community functions including City Council, Ambulance, Search and Rescue, School Board and librarian. Don and Antoinette managed the old House Rock Store for H.I. Bowman and Sons then managed the Jacob Lake Lodge in the winter time. They worked extremely hard throughout their lives buying a ranch in House Rock Valley, named the Bean Hole. They instilled in their children and grandchildren the value of hard work and working together for a common goal.
Antoinette is survived by her children Steven Don Mackelprang (Denise) of Fredonia, Brent Mackelprang of Lonesome Dove, Cindy Mackelprang (Randy) of Beaver, Thea Havins (Teddy) of White Sage; siblings Carol Judd and Lucy Judd both of Fredonia; 25 Grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and 2 grand dogs. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, her son Jay W. Mackelprang, grandson Chad Mackelprang, parents Weaver and Naomi, and brothers Reese, Stanley, Raymond, Marion, Leroy, Bobby and Jonny. Our family will be forever grateful to Sarah Barlow for providing care for our mother for the past 8 years.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. (Arizona time) at the Fredonia LDS Chapel. Viewings will be held on Friday evening from 6-7 p.m. (Arizona time) at the Mosdell Mortuary in Kanab, Utah and Saturday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Fredonia Cemetery under the direction of Mosdell Mortuary.
A zoom meeting can be accessed the day of the service at the following link: https://zoom.us/j/99052945860 .