Just several weeks shy of her 90th birthday, our beloved mother, gramma, sister, aunt, and friend, Maxine LeRae Davis Mackelprang passed away March 21, 2018. Surrounded by her family, Maxine peacefully went into the presence of the Lord.
She was born on April 30, 1928, in Meridian, Idaho, to Merle Ethen Davis Sr. and Jennie Elizabeth Shaw. She was the oldest of six children and was raised in Idaho. She married Paul Bruce Cone on July 3, 1945, and they had two daughters, Cheryl Beth and Tauna Lynn. They later divorced.
Maxine enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed in Ft. Myer, Virginia, where she met and married Roy D. Greene Sr. (also stationed there) on October 31, 1952. Her main duty in the Army was staff car driver, chauffeuring upper brass around Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas.While living back east, Roy (Don) and Maxine had three children, Linda Donise, Loree Patrice (Patti), and Roy D. Jr. (Buck). They moved west to Southern Utah to be near her family.
After living in Panguitch for several years, Don’s work took them to Southern California, where they adopted Michelle Annette. After five years, they moved back to Southern Utah and later divorced. Maxine married Bennion B. Mackelprang on July 25, 1975. They made Glendale, Utah, their home, then moved to Kanab, Utah, and later Fredonia, Arizona. Ben passed away in 2002. She loved and missed him very much.
In recent years Maxine lived at Brookdale (formerly Emerald Pointe) then Bella Terra nursing home. She made friends easily and eagerly shared her love of Jesus Christ to all who took a moment to listen. Maxine was blessed with many talents and could do anything she set her mind to do. She made beautiful wedding cakes; was a wonderful cook and baker; crocheted; sewed; did silver-smithing; painted; and played the guitar, piano, and organ. She got the grandkids hooked on candy (mainly cinnamon bears) and contributed to our addiction to home-made spudnuts, Snowballs, Ding Dongs, and Idaho Spuds. She loved camping with her family and being outdoors, especially spending time on the Glendale bench, Kaibab Mountain, and the Arizona strip. She leaves behind a legacy of love.
Maxine is survived by her daughters, Tauna Grondin, Caldwell, ID; Linda (Lloyd) Millett, Kanab, UT; Patti (Sid) Johansen, Kanab, UT; and Michelle (Gary) Cleveland, Cedar City, UT; son-in-law, Ronald Reed, Sarasota, FL; brother, Eugene (Pat) Davis, Hurricane, UT; sisters Judy (Frank, deceased) Barton, Washington, UT; Sharon (Ed) Campbell, Hurricane, UT; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Davis and Mary Davis, LaVerkin, UT; 19 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; and her ex-husband Roy (Don) Greene Sr., who also held a special place in her heart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Mackelprang; son, Roy (Buck) Greene Jr.; daughter, Cheryl Reed; granddaughter, Shauna Reed Greene; great granddaughter, Sara Venatta; two brothers, Merle (Bud) Davis Jr. and Harmon James Davis Sr.; brother-in-law, Frank Barton; and her parents, Merle and Jennie Davis.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, at 11:30 a.m., at the Veterans’ Memorial Park, 200 N. 200 E., Cedar City, UT.
The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to Cedar City Hospital nursing staff and to Dr. Jarid Gray for their tender care and to Bella Terra staff for their loving friendship and care. In lieu of flowers, hug your loved ones a little tighter and share some cinnamon bears or ice cream.
Online condolences can be sent to her memorial page at affordablefuneralservices.com