Elizabeth Mary Mackinlay

Elizabeth Mary Mackinlay of Cave Creek Arizona, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on April 23, 2022.

She was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and came to the United States in 1988.

She worked as a librarian for many years, and there is a poignant African proverb that tells us: “When an old person dies, a library burns to the ground.”

So much goes with them, but she did teach us about life and about ourselves in all her wisdom and experiences she shared.

She is survived by her loving husband Leolin Oooshuisen, and her three children Jennifer-Lee Lawrence, Gavin (Sharon) Allen,  and Ian (Julie) Allen and Leolin’s sons;  Leighton Oosthuisen (Sarah), Warren (Linda) Oosthuisen, Andre (Heidi) Oosthuisen and her grandchildren; Kerry Allen, Joshua and Jeremy Lawrence, and Amy Allen, and Leolin’s 7 grandchildren and her many caring friends.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held soon.