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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rest in Peace - Mary McKenzie, 93 - Mother of Jan McKenzie, MHS 68

Mary McKenzie

Obituary for Mary McKenzie

Mary Hazel McKenzie, 93, of Moline, IL, died Sunday, January 11, 2015, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601-38th Avenue, Moline, IL. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2015, at the funeral home. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to Honor Flight of the Quad Cities or Quad-City Paws.

Mary was born on May 14, 1921, in Sleeper, MO, the daughter of Fred Lee and Mabelle Lillian Myers Clifton. She married William Lee McKenzie on August 23, 1942 in Moline. He preceded her in death on September 23, 1998. Mary received a B.A. from Western Illinois University and was the Quality Assurance Career Program Manager at the Rock Island Arsenal, before retiring in 1990.

Mary had been a member of Faith Lutheran Church since 1953, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of King’s Daughters, volunteered 41 years at the John Deere Classic, and was a Festival of Trees volunteer since its inception. Mary was on the Board at Friendship Manor, ushered at the Adler since they re-opened, and was a lifetime member of Oakwood Country Club, where she scored a hole-in-one on April 2, 1995. Mary enjoyed playing bridge for many years, enjoyed tap dancing, traveling through most of Europe as well as the United States, participated in the Senior Olympics, and was a member of a Caelie Dancing Group. She was also in several productions at the Quad-City Music Guild, sang in Messiah with the Handel Oratorio Society at Augustana, and was a member of the Arsenal Women’s Club and the Quad City Art Guild.

Survivors include

Daughter Janice McKenzie Moline
Numerous Nieces and Nephews and Godchildren
A Wealth of Friends, who will miss her greatly

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; 6 brothers and 3 sisters, Frieda VandeVoort, Earl Clifton, Jack Clifton, Ralph Clifton, Vera Stannke, Fred Clifton, Ernest Clifton, Ruth Stelter, Don Clifton.

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