Arcola Judd

Arcola Mackelprang Judd of Fredonia, Arizona passed away November 20, 2020 at the age of 87 in Kanab, Utah. The daughter of William Julius Mackelprang and Hazel Johnson Mackelprang, Arcola, (Colie) as she was also fondly known, was born on December 10, 1932 the 10th child of thirteen children. She lived in Kanab and Fredonia her whole life and never tired of the beauty of the landscape around her.
Arcola learned how to work hard at an early age as she spent much of her childhood working on the family’s ranches in Johnson Canyon and House Rock Valley.
After graduating from Kanab High School Arcola began working as a telephone operator and that is how she met the love of her life, Arden Judd. When Arden would call the operator to make calls to his mother, Arcola was often the operator connecting their calls.
Arden and Arcola were married on May 4th, 1952 in Fredonia, Arizona. Their union was later sealed in the St George Temple. They were blessed with five children; Tony, Linda, Vickie, Jonny and Kim.
Arcola’s work ethic followed her throughout her life, whether it was working alongside Arden as they ran their family owned business of Judd Auto Service and in the way she always kept a sparkling clean home.
She loved the outdoors and pursued activities there with her entire family at every opportunity. Colie was an accomplished hunter and fisherman. She and Arden were both well known for their amazing dutch oven cooking skills. Arcola and Arden were always by each other’s side, be it work or play they were always a team. They cherished everyday they had together and they devoted their life to each other’s happiness.
Arcola was a truly remarkable Wife, Mother, Gran, and friend. She always put the needs of others above her own. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and she was always busy planning the next outing or family reunion to bring everyone together. Colie believed in nurturing strong family bonds and worked diligently to instill those beliefs in her children and grandchildren.
Arcola is survived by her loving husband Arden Judd, children, Tony (Jan) Judd, Linda (Ted) Jensen, Vickie (Tom) Jensen, Jonny (Crystal) Judd and Kim (Crissy) Judd, 23 grandchildren and 65 great grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings Bill (Helen) Mackelprang and Romel (Barbara-deceased) Mackelprang.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Justin (Fran) Mackelprang, Gayneld (Rose-living) Mackelprang, Francis Mackelprang, Margurite Mackelprang, Kent (Jean) Mackelprang, Don (Antoinette-living) Mackelprang, Elaine (Clifford) Click, Evan (Sue-living) Mackelprang, Tony (Joyce-living) Mackelprang and Luana (Duffy) Campbell.
Our broken hearts are filled with gratitude for the beautiful and cherished memories that she left with us.

A private family service celebrating her life will be held at the Fredonia Cemetery. You are encouraged to attend the services online at the link provided below.

Mosdell Mortuary Graveside Service Nov. 27th 2020

The above link will go active on Friday, November 27, 2020 just before 1 PM and will stop at the end of services. An archive recording will be provided later.



  1. Tony Mackelprang November 28, 2020 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    I regret not being at my Aunt Colie’s funeral service on Friday. If it is possible to occupy a distant place in thought and spirit, and I believe it is, perhaps I was there.
    Suppose the important thing is she knows I love her, her ever present companion, my Uncle Arden, and each of their children.
    I thank Aunt Colie and her family for the many choice experiences we have shared from times at The Bean Hole Ranch, Black Rock hunting trip, Lake Powell boating, Mackelprang reunions and just stopping in at the spur of the moment when in Fredonia or Kanab to just say hi and I love you
    Aunt Colie is one year and a day older than my father (Tony). Mother (Joyce) has told me Dad and Aunt Colie were very close throughout their lives.
    When considering couples that epitomize success in marriage and other aspects of couples life, Colie and Arden are at the top of the list. I shall remember always their unceasing love and devotion to one another. Theirs is an example to all, an uncommon, a Christ like dedication to their shared promise.
    I love you Aunt Colie and know your reunion with my father, your other siblings, parents and the Savior will be joyous. When Jesus embraces you during that homecoming, his words will be even more grand . . . well done though good and faithful servant!

  2. Mae March 7, 2021 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Arcola was an amazing woman. She was very fun to spend time with. She had a nickname she called me my whole life. Even in her declining years when she saw me she always called me her special name. I didn’t know she had passed on until last week when I was driving thru the cemetery after visiting my parents graves and saw hers. She will be missed by many, my condolences to her family.

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