Date of Birth: June 03, 1952
Date of Death: June 23, 2019
Eileen Knudsen Mackey Eileen Mackey returned peacefully to her Heavenly Father on June 23, 2019 after a valiant, very long battle with an aggressive cancer. She was at home, surrounded by her family whom she dearly loved. Eileen was born June 3, 1952 in Wichita, Kansas to Hyrum Cluff Knudsen and Maggie Lee Wade. She was the third child and eldest daughter. She was a protective, caring sister to her younger brother and two younger sisters. She moved around the country and Europe with her family until they settled in Glendale, Arizona where she graduated High School. In Glendale she met and married Douglas Sexton. They went to college in Tucson where Eileen not only cared for her own two children but for others’ as well to make ends meet. They later moved to Phoenix where she stayed for most of her life. She was very strong and survived some health scares early on but became a mother to six children to whom she dedicated her time, love and energy everyday. After a divorce, Eileen took up day care in her home again until she received a call from Jim Mackey thanking her for a condolence card she had mailed for the loss of his wife. She knew when he called that he was looking for a wife and someone to love his nine children. She bravely went on that first date even though she was scared about the circumstance. She was also afraid she could not fall in love with a man with all of those kids. She was blessed with an enormous heart and quickly fell head over heals with her eternal companion and his nine children. She seemed to give everyone love and attention in a magnificent way. She chose to give her life to encourage, love and care for others. Not only did she care for a newborn baby and the rest of the Mackey children, over the years Jim and Eileen gave birth to four more children. She had a special kind of selflessness and faith that made each person feel special and loved as if they were the only child of hers. It must have been a God given gift when you are a mother to nineteen children... No matter how busy she was and how many children needed her she always made time for the one who needed her most at that moment. She shared her wisdom and faith with every one of her children as well as others who she welcomed into her home. She truly loved as God loves. She was beautiful in everyway. For Eileen, family was always her number one priority. This showed in how she always visited and cared for her own parents as they were aging. She made time to visit each one of her siblings even if it meant driving to another state with all of her kids in a giant van. She is the connection for so many people everywhere she went and with everyone she knew. Eileen was very gifted with a beautiful voice and fortunate for us she often shared this gift. Everyone loved hearing her sing. We will truly miss hearing her amazing talent in person. She passed on her love for music to her children and a few even got some of her talent. She loved Jesus and was looking forward to being with him again. She always said she may not be perfect but would never give up in being perfect in one thing which was having family prayer and family home evening. She was such a great teacher and example in how to live a beautiful caring full life. We will greatly miss her beautiful smile, vibrant spirit and unconditional love. Eileen is survived by her husband, James B. Mackey and her children, Stacy Sexton Heiner, Ryan Sexton, Brandon Sexton, Jill Sexton Bingham, Trevor Sexton, Valerie Sexton Sorensen, James B. Mackey,Jr., Adam B. Mackey, Samuel A. Mackey and Rebecca Jane Mackey. And by her children through adoption Morgan Mackey, Amanda Mackey, Vernon Mackey, Joseph Mackey, Orrin Mackey, Jacob Mackey, Julia Mackey Flores, Shirley Mackey Stock and David Mackey. Her surviving siblings include Dennis, Terrall, Kathleen and Dileen. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Donald.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m . Saturday, June 29, at the Latter-Day-Saint Chapel at 2939 W. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ. Viewing at 9:00 a.m.