Our beloved Macksene Smith Rux passed away at her home in Salt Lake City with her family at her side, on June 8, 1998.
She was born June 22, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Hyrum Mack Smith and Ida Elisabeth Bowman Smith. As a child, her family lived in England while her father, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headed the European mission. She married Vernon Andrew Rux, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army, in 1941 in Panama, later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple. She was a very active member of the church, serving in many leadership positions. She was a granddaughter of President Joseph F. Smith.Macksene touched so many lives with her warmth, her testimony and her dramatic talents. She was an actress, writer, producer and director for both amateur and professional radio, television and stage. She performed and wrote scripts for CBS and NBC radio in New York. She was drama director and script writer for KDYL radio in Salt lake City, Utah. She was in drama production and direction at the University of Wisconsin, New York University, UCLA in Los Angeles and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Asked to participate in the first Educational Television Workshop in the United States at UCLA in Los Angeles, she produced and directed the first drama to be released over ETV in Southern California. She appeared in stage and television productions with such notables as Raymond Burr, Loretta Young, Stuart Margolin, Victor Jory and Henry Darrow. She was a member of the resident company at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, and was managing director of the Valley Community Theatre in Pomona. At the University of Utah, she appeared in many plays such as "Pygmalion," "Major Barbara" and "Molly Brown."
Macksene is best known for re-writing, staging and directing the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, Utah in 1969. It became her life's mission and she continued directing the pageant for 20 years, which has reached millions of people. She dearly loved the gospel, her family and friends, and the people of Manti.
She is survived by her brother, Hyrum M. Smith (wife Dorothy); brother-in-law, Harold K. Beecher; and 19 nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Vernon A. Rux; brother, Joseph F. Smith; and sisters, Geraldine Ballard and Margaret Beecher.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 17 at 12 noon at the Ensign Stake Center, 589 East 18th Avenue. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, and Wednesday at the stake center one hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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