“When I grow old I will wear purple”! Marcia Guiver Mackay gained her heavenly angel wings on November 3, 2019. She fought long and hard to stay on this earth to continue to be the Matriarch of our family. Marcia overcame polio as a child and six different cancers in her lifetime. This last cancer is the one that took her physically but it did not take away her love for life. Marcia was born Dec. 17, 1937. She was born to Ray Lawless Guiver and Virginia Ann Morgan Guiver. She was the oldest of three children. Marcia married her high school sweetheart Melvin Gene Mackay on January 31, 1956. They were married for 62 fun years! Mel and Marcia were sealed for time and all eternity on their 55th wedding anniversary.
Marcia left behind A LOT OF STUFF for her daughters and son who have no idea what to do with it! Therefore, if you are looking for something out of the ordinary, we are sure Marcia has it in one of the many cupboards and closets where she stores her treasures!
This is not an ad for a garage sale, but an obituary for a great Woman, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. She leaves behind a very dysfunctional family that she was very proud of and loves.
Marcia was a master in the kitchen. She always told us that there were three ways to cook- Dine In, Take Out, & Microwave! Her children have followed her example in the kitchen!
Marcia was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 50 years! Marcia and Mel were members of the Cottonwood Country Club for 50 wonderful years. Marcia was the first woman to serve on the Board at the CCC. She served for many years as a Girls Scout Leader, Cub Scout Leader, and positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Marcia bowled on the CCC bowling league for over 50 years & served as the league secretary for many years. Even though her eyesight was less than perfect caused by the tumors on her skull, she bowled until February 2019.
Marcia was an excellent golfer. She loved to golf over shopping. Many times when she and Mel were at a convention, Marcia would be the only female entered in the golf tournament! Marcia had three hole in ones! Something that Mel never was able to live down! The family knew that if she was golfing, you did not interrupt her!
When Marcia retired, Mel thought they could travel and spend time at Bear Lake and St. George. Instead, Marcia and Mel gave their time selflessly raising two of their grandchildren. She traded her golf clubs for field trips, Parent teacher Conferences, and driving carpool.
Marcia loved everyone! There was not a person that she did not like! Your name was always safe with her. Marcia was a very positive and joyful person. She loved life to its fullest. Even at her lowest times of her illness, she was always happy & excited to visit with the wonderful people that served her over the past months. Her sense of humor was with her until the end.
Her favorite times were to be at Bear Lake at the family cabin with everyone laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Mel and Marcia built the cabin at Bear Lake so that there was a place for the family to play golf, boat, and relax. We will miss her playing games, laughing, and her potato salad! Bear Lake was her heaven on earth! Her last visit to the cabin was October 2019. Our only regret was that we were not able to take her to the condo in St. George for one last visit!
Those that will sorely miss Marcia are her children Missy Mackay-Whiteurs (Jack), Mindy Mackay-Swenson (Arni), Mark David Mackay, Sheryl Carlson-her adopted Welsh daughter, Sister Carolyn Nelson (Dave) and Sister-in-law Lynette Thurgood. She has 12 wonderful grandchildren and 5 beautiful great-grandchildren.
Marcia was preceded in death by her wonderful soulmate Mel Mackay, her funny son Mick Mackay, sister Ginger Snyder, her parents, many other loving members of her family and her many pets that were waiting for her to arrive in heaven!
The family would like to thank everyone who has been serving our mom & family this past year. Her granddaughters gave her Christ like love, kindness, and many hours of service. A heartfelt thank you to the Olympus 4th Ward for the many meals and hours of sitting with mom and visiting with her. She loved every minute that you spent with her, talking and laughing! Reading was her passion and many times, she would say, “if I could only see, I could endure this roadblock in my life”!
We could not have kept mom at home for as long as we did without the help of Intermountain Hospice Care. Mom’s angels are Ana and Nubia who were there for mom and our family anytime of the day or night.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Olympus Stake Center, 2675 East 4430 South, Salt Lake City; where friends and family can visit Friday evening, November 8, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm and Saturday morning 9:30-10:30 am prior to the service. Please make note of Mel and Marcia’s change of address 3401 South Highland Dr, Sunrise Lot, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
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