Magnolia Yellowhorse White was born on June 29, 1987 to Peggy Sue Gensaw and Steven Bruce Kaye. She was an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, but was also Karuk, Tolowa, Chetco, Navajo and Hopi.

She was born and raised in Humboldt County but spent most of her childhood traveling to see family and attending numerous cultural events. Maggie started dancing at pow wows as soon as she could walk. She danced many styles but decided to focus on being a women’s traditional dancer. She took pride in the fact that she made her own regalia.

Maggie attended numerous schools in Humboldt County and graduated from Zoe Barnum HS. In those years she participated in cheerleading, tennis, JROTC and various school clubs. More recently she had been attending classes at College of the Redwoods to further her education.

Maggie was a proud mother to four beautiful children. As a devoted mother, she raised her kids in parts of southern Oregon and northern California. Much of her adult life was spent making memories with her family and loving her kids with all of her heart.

Maggie was full of life and enjoyed many things. She liked being outdoors hiking, biking, and found comfort in going to the beach. She also enjoyed cuddling with her kids and cats to watch shows and movies, as well as listening to music. Maggie was also a very talented artist. Through her artwork, she was able to express herself. She had a great sense of humor and brought beauty and light into the world through her smile and laughter.

She spent her final days surrounded by family before passing peacefully in Santa Rosa on April 10, 2024.

She is survived by her children Aeris, Magnolia, Enoch, and Johann White. Brother Jaimoe Kibby, sisters Kristin Kaye, Jasmine Gensaw-Kaye, Camelia Cardoza, and father Bruce Kaye. She comes from a huge family and leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and mother aawok Peggy Sue Gensaw.

She will be laid to rest in her family plot in Requa on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. Friends, family, and loved ones are welcome to join and say final farewell. A celebration of life will be held at a later date this summer.


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