Jean Elizabeth MacKenzie passed away at Brantford General Hospital on Tues., Dec. 6, 2016. She was 87.
She was born and raised on Saving Street in Williamsburg Township on Aug. 8, 1929 to her parents, Roy and Alice Barkley (nee Whittaker). In 1956, she married Allan MacKenzie, and moved five miles down the road to the 7th Concession of Williamsburg Township (now known as MacKenzie Road). They resided there together, farming, raising their daughters (Helen and Bonnie), working at Elma Public School, and enjoying their retirement until his death in 2003. She continued to live there until 2014, when she moved to Brantford, trading her love of rural life and her large vegetable garden for a small, but prolific, planter box-sized one on her balcony there.
Jean was well-known and active in the community. She was a longtime member of the Williamsburg (formerly Elma) United Church where she helped out wherever and whenever needed, including roasting turkeys, baking pies, and serving as Chief Tea Maker. She and Allan enjoyed travelling around Ontario and Quebec, whether to visit family or to visit a place just to see what was there. They were avid bowlers and, on these trips, could often be spotted giving the local lanes a whirl. When at home, they were members in a number of bowling leagues in Chesterville and Ingleside, where Jean doubled as league treasurer on many occasions.
She took an active interest in genealogy, and had an incredible memory for names, dates, and places. She knew her own family history, but more fun was when she argued with Allan about his family and friends. She was always right, even about people she hadn’t met!
In more recent years, Jean served with the quilters at the Williamsburg Lutheran Church. She was a happy recipient of boxes and boxes of fabric that she painstakingly pieced and quilted by hand into quilts and lap-robes either for members of the local community or to be sent to people in need around the world through the Mennonite Central Committee. She also occupied herself with many knitting projects for family, friends, and those in need.
She will be fondly remembered by her daughters, Helen Burke of Napanee and Bonnie Carmichael (Bill) of Brantford; her sister, Reta Chalmers of Kingston; and her grandchildren, Christine, Katie, Brad, Amy, and Isaac. She was predeceased by her husband, Allan MacKenzie, her sister, Ellen Carr and her brother, Lorne Barkley. Jean will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., Dec. 12 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 1 pm conducted by Rev. Christine Lowson, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Christine Burke, Katie Carmichael, Brad Carmichael, Amy Carmichael, Bev Chalmers, and Paul Chalmers.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com