Elizabeth McRae Kartchner

Elizabeth McRae Kartchner passed away on April 6, 2024, after a brief illness, having lived a beautiful life of service and compassion. She was born on August 6, 1938, at 1:06 a.m. to Walter and Hazel McRae as their 5th daughter and 7th child.

Raised in southern Arizona, she married her high school sweetheart, Keith Dale Kartchner on June 16, 1960, in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. The couple lived in Arizona, Denver, Dallas and New Jersey before finally settling in Amarillo in 1975. They had 5 children and eventually added 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth had many accomplishments and wore many hats in her life. She was a graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in accounting; worked as an accountant (for Ernst & Ernst); and owner of a successful business (Miller National).

She served faithfully and selflessly in a number of callings and positions in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, maintaining a strong testimony of Jesus Christ throughout her life.

Remembered as a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother and “GG”, the primary focus of her life was her family. She devoted herself to her family’s well-being until the end, bringing the family together for annual reunions, making multiple trips to see her grandchildren and ensuring that her home was a treasured place for them to visit.

But her greatest love was Dad (Dale). She missed him terribly when he passed away a year ago, so she stayed with us exactly one year to the hour (365 days with leap year) before leaving to join him and other family and friends who have passed.

Elizabeth is survived by her brother Lorin and sister Phylis; five children and their families. She is loved by all of us who were blessed to have her in our lives and will be dearly missed.

Services will be held Saturday, May 4th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2700 E. Galveston Street, in Gilbert, Arizona 85295. You may meet the family prior to the services beginning at 10:30 a.m.

If you are unable to attend, the services can be observed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAEGALPFzPo


1 Comment

  1. Ron Wagner

    I am so sorry to hear about Elizabeth. Just heard about it this morning. She and I always got along great working at Miller National. My prayers are with all you guys I knew while working there.

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