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Margaret “Marty” Eulale McKelvey

Our family is saddened to announce the passing of Margaret “Marty” Eulale McKelvey, surrounded by her husband and children May 30, 2023 at her home in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Marty was born August 4, 1967 in Englewood, Colorado to Marx and Darla Hintze, joining sisters Karan and Shauna, later to be followed by her brother Matt.

In 1977 her family moved to Mackay, Idaho. It is there she attended school, participated in basketball and track and field, and raised various 4-H projects. She graduated from Mackay High School in 1985, and attended Idaho State University, completing her degree in Elementary Education in 1989. On July 26, 1986 she married Jack McKelvey, and they started their family in 1989 when their daughter, Sydney, was born. Syd was followed shortly by Madison in 1991 and their little brother, Miles, in 1996. Jack and Marty spent their years chasing their kids to sporting events and 4-H projects. Marty enjoyed family vacations together and family gatherings in Mackay.

Marty taught at Mackay Schools for 24 years. She was a passionate teacher who taught preschool, special ed, kindergarten, and 4th grade. She cherished her friendships with her colleagues in Mackay. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her friends in the church were dear to her. She also enjoyed learning of other faiths and considered herself a true believer of Jesus Christ.

In 2013 Marty continued her teaching career when she began working for Idaho Falls School District. She taught at Dora Erickson Elementary, Edgemont Elementary, and was an instructional coach for a few years. Marty truly believed it was possible for every student to reach their highest potential. She invested time and energy on every student, lesson, and project to help her students succeed. She was quite often known to be working late and doing extra. She became National Board Certified in 1999 and also completed her Master’s of Education in Curriculum Development in 2014, and was recently a member of Idaho State University Math Leads.

Marty’s hobbies included gardening, walking, and baking. She loved to pick berries in the mountains and loved to make jam. She was naturally creative and artistic. She also enjoyed crocheting. Her entire life she loved animals. She doctored animals of all sorts, whether they were injured, strays or bum lambs or goats. She had a special way with animals and a heart of compassion for every species. The majority of family pets were adopted or strays that Marty rescued. She always said that if she won the lottery she would donate most of it to animal shelters.

Her greatest joys were her kids, but that joy was amplified for her five grandchildren; Jaxon, Peyton, Charlotte, Tripp and Marlee. “Nonnie” loved searching for the best gifts specifically for each grandchild on their birthdays and Christmas. She loved taking them for treats or bringing snacks to their sporting events. She adores them immensely and they love her dearly.

Marty is survived by her husband Jack. Her children Sydney (Brady) Duffin and their five children of Rigby, Idaho. Madison McKelvey (boyfriend, Chris Wennogle) of Fairbanks, Alaska and Miles McKelvey of Mackay, Idaho, Her mother, Darla Hintze, mother in law Charlotte McKelvey, her siblings Karan, Shauna and Matt, brother and sister in-laws, and many nieces and nephews she loved very much.

She is preceded in death by her father Marx Hintze, and father in law Don McKelvey and her grandfathers and grandmothers, whom she had loving relationships with.

Graveside services will take place on Saturday, June 3rd 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. McCaleb Cemetery in Mackay. Condolences may be left for the family at

15 thoughts on “Margaret “Marty” Eulale McKelvey”

  1. McKelvey family,
    I am so grateful to have known Marty! She was a vibrant, caring soul and an infectious inspiration as a teacher. I taught with her at Edgemont Elementary and was blessed with a coffee date with her to share our hope for the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, our King. I know she sought Him with all her heart and is now in His presence. What a wonderful comfort that brings. Titus 2:13
    I am praying for you all in this difficult time and asking that you would know His peace that passes understanding.
    By His grace, Tami Leroux

  2. Our family sends love and prayers. My mom Marjean Tew thought the world of Marty. Words always come short when trying to covey sympathy.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss! Marty was a kind and beautiful person, inside and out. You are in my prayers.

  4. Marty truly is a Divine essence. I feel blessed to have crossed Paths with her on this earthly Journey.

    1. Glenda Randall

      I worked closely with Marty these last few years at Edgemont as I tutored her EL students. I went on some field trips with her class (to the community garden). She also tutored our daughter in Math for a short time.

      Marty was a wonderful and caring teacher who handled even the toughest kids with amazing patience and kindness. She was always looking for better ways to help her students learn new things. Her lessons and projects were fun and engaging, and she made things more meaningful to her students. She also taught the kiddoes to always be kind, and to work at being their best and doing their best – but only to compare themselves to themselves. She was so inspiring!
      She was a kind friend to all, and just a great human being. I will miss her terribly. She made a huge impact on me, and I am so grateful to have known her.

      May her family be surrounded with peace and comfort at this very tough time.

      Glenda Randall

  5. Clint Corgatelli

    I am so sorry for your loss, Marty was a great person, and she will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. I am sorry for your loss. I worked side by side Marty for many years. She always threw her heart and soul into her work. I learned so much from her. I hope you have many happy memories to give you comfort.

  7. Cecelia Michele Blewett

    My heart is broken. Marty and I worked together and she was such an upbeat inspiring person. Prayers to the McKelvey family.

  8. Samantha Zollinger

    I am so sad to hear of Marty’s passing. I worked with her during her time as an instructional coach and she was always a joy to be around. I offer my sincere condolences to her family.

  9. I knew Marty through the Westside community gardens. She was very knowledgeable and was always willing to help with projects to make the garden nicer. I’m glad that I got to know her. I know she will be missed. I pray that her family finds peace. It is difficult to loose a loved one and I offer my condolences.

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Graveside services will take place on Saturday, June 3rd 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. McCaleb Cemetery in Mackay. Condolences may be left for the family at