Alice Joyce Robinson Mackelprang Loshbough was called home by her Father in Heaven during the morning hours of November 18, 2021, at her home in Page, Arizona, with her two daughters at her side.
Joyce is the eldest of six children, born February 23, 1937, in Richfield, Utah, to Ellsworth Bunting Robinson and Sara Ella Brown. She is survived by her siblings, Gail, Louise, Scott, Rosemary and Ez; by her three children, Tony, Jana and Sabrina; nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Antone Ivans (“Tony”) Mackelprang and Leonard E. Loshbough, Jr.
Joyce was blessed with a rich pioneer heritage which included her relatives being among the first to build farms, ranches, and communities in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. Her grandparents helped build, taught, and served in the schools, delivered the mail, and served in church leadership.
Having lived with her husband Tony Mackelprang and family in Oroville, California, and her second husband, Leonard Loshbough, outside Bristol, Indiana, on a farm, Page and Kanab/Fredonia were always home and where she returned.
Living most of her adult life in Page, Joyce was known as being a businesswoman. She and her parents, Ella and George Johnson, and Mike Flournoy bought the row of buildings which includes Mesa Theatre, and formed Lake Powell Investment Co., until Joyce bought her partners out and ran the theatre on her own for a number of years. During the time that Joyce ran Mesa Theatre, she undertook an extensive remodel project and won the Governor’s Best Interior Renovation Award in 1999. Joyce ultimately sold the business in 2016.
Joyce became a licensed realtor at age 57 and a licensed real estate broker at age 59. She sold 640 acres of deeded land to international developers, which became known as Amangiri, a luxury destination resort.
Joyce was very active in the Page community, serving in the Glen Canyon Chapter of Eastern Star, the Glen Canyon Bowling League (and often bowled in the 200s!), participated in Page Recreation Association and METS (a ladies’ luncheon group). While involved in METS, Joyce and her mother, Ella, were winners of the Easter Bonnet contest.
In her later years in life, she served and provided leadership at The John Wesley Powell Museum, Page Main Street, Glen Canyon Country Club, and Lake Powell Concert Association. In Oroville, CA, during construction of the Oroville Dam, Joyce was involved in 4-H and taught girls, including her two daughters, how to sew.
Joyce was artistic and loved crafts. Her parents and she also owned a fresh flower and ceramics shop; and her mother, Ella, and she held ceramic classes two times a week. Joyce would take the ceramic pieces home and use the kiln in her office to fire and seal them.
She loved the outdoors, enjoyed reunions on the North Kaibab and camping and fishing trips on Lake Powell and surrounding areas. For several years, her catches rivaled the striped bass and walleye lake records. Joyce was extremely adventuresome, and she traveled with family members to Europe, many trips to Mexico, the Philippines, and throughout the United States. Even though she was considered a country (desert) girl, she could dress up with the best of them and go to elaborate, formal parties and dinners and be admired for her class and style.
With all these activities, everyone who knew Joyce well realized that family was always her first love and priority. Joyce attended the births of most, if not all, of her grandchildren; coordinated many birthday parties; attended innumerable dance recitals, plays, graduations, baptisms, primary programs, choral and athletic performances, and an Eagle Scout court of honor. She demonstrated her love for her children, grand and great-grandchildren by being there for them and personally celebrating their accomplishments. As a youthful grandmother, Joyce was able to snow ski and participate in other vigorous activities with her grandchildren.
As the plaque that is mounted in Joyce’s living room suggests, “My Greatest Blessings Call Me Mom,” Joyce loved spending time with her children; and in her later years in life, as she experienced health challenges, Joyce would spend months at each of her children’s houses, where she felt the most at home, comfortable, and loved. She also loved being around the great-grands, where the healing balm, the natural medication, the cure that would lift her spirits and brighten her mood would be the great-grandchildren there to talk with her, to brush her hair, one of them to crawl up and lay beside her or simply say, “I Love You Nanny.”
A Celebration of Life will be held January 7th (Fri.), 2022, at Lake Powell National Golf Course, 400 Clubhouse Dr., Page, Az., 5:00 p.m., open to the public. Please join us.
Funeral services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 West Center St., Kanab, Utah, on January 8th (Sat.), 2022, 11:00a.m., viewing at 10:00a.m. Burial will be in the Kanab Cemetery. Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary.
You are invited to attend the funeral online through the link provided below.
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