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Shirley McKenzie

In Loving Memory


Born in Sarnia, Ontario

July 13, 1925

Died in Sarnia, Ontario

February 5, 2017

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Obituary Announcement

McKenzie, Shirley Helene (nee Parsons)

Shirley was born in Sarnia, Ontario on July 13, 1925; she passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Vision Nursing Home on Sunday February 5, 2017, in Sarnia, at the age of 91. Shirley was the wife of the late Arthur Nash Colquhoun (1953) and the late Angus James (Mac) McKenzie (1993). Loving mother of Lynne Brady (Colquhoun) and her husband Bryan Airey of Plympton – Wyoming and Barbara Atsalinos (McKenzie) and her husband Michael of Kitchener. Cherished grandmother of Shannon Brady of Sarnia, Julie Brady- Campbell and her husband Jason of Sarnia, and Lisa Atsalinos of Toronto. Great grandmother of Nickolas Campbell and Ally Campbell. She will be remembered by her son-in-law Paul Brady of Sarnia, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by her parents, the late Arthur and Olive Parsons, her brothers Edwin (Ted), John and her twin Thomas (Tom) Parsons and her sister Gwendolyn Waite Bambury. Shirley lived in Louisiana and resided in Chester, England for some time, worked at Polymer, Cabot Carbon, and retired from Union Carbide. She volunteered for Red Cross, in transportation, played bridge and was a lifelong member of the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, where she played the great game of golf until she was 85. She was a strong and independent woman and a wonderful mother and friend… Mom we shall miss you! We would like to thank the staff at Vision Nursing Home who took such great care of her, along with Dr. Gannon. Friends will be received at McCormack Funeral Home – Stewart Chapel, 254 George Street (at College Avenue) on Wednesday February 8th from 7-9 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at McCormack Funeral Home on Thursday February 9th at 11 am. Rev. Mary Jane Storey officiating. Cremation will follow. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Shirley’s Guestbook” at Donations would be appreciated if made to the Canadian Alzheimer’s Society, Vision Nursing Home or the charity of your choice.

Ok Mom – drive it straight down the fairway – make a good chip, roll and a putt… in the jar, until we see you again… Bob’s your Uncle! We love you Mom … Me too!



Wednesday February 8, 2017

McCormack Funeral Home

7-9 pm.

Funeral Service

Thursday February 9, 2017

McCormack Funeral Home

11 am.



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Vision Nursing Home
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To The Families of Shirley McKenzie Dear Lynne, Barbara & Families: I was saddened to read of your loss and sorrow. Shirley and I became friendly when we both worked at Polymer/Polysar. Later when Shirley was volunteering for the Red Cross, she met my husband Remi and he would come home sharing hilarious stories that they shared - that was Shirley. It must have been a hoot with both of them there. My prayers and blessings for strength and faith. Deepest Condolences, Sorrowfully, Doris Braekevelt

Doris Braekevelt

Dear Lynn and Family: Deeply sorry to hear of your loss. A very kind and gentle lady. Sincerely: Dr. Mario and Staff

Dr. Mario L. Moscone

We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. We have such fond memories of Shirley and know what you are going through right now is very difficult. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love Tom, Marlene, Amanda and Thomas Lavecchia

Marlene Lavecchia

I had the pleasure of getting to know Shirley at the Sarnia Golf Club when she joined my fitness class. She always had a smile on her face and a joke to share. She was a bundle of energy and a welcome addition to the class. I had known her for quite a few years before we realized that I had gone to high school with her daughter Barb in Forest. I'm happy I had the good fortune to meet her.

Joy Douglas Huizinga

I remember when Aunt Shirl and Lynne would visit from Sarnia in the summer. Everyone would gather at our house and the party would begin. Aunt Shirl could ROCK our piano. My Dad sprained his ankle doing a "Scottish jig" while she played. Now I know what a long drive it was for she and Lynne. No four lane highways, just the old two lane. What a determined independent woman, years ahead of her time.

Mary Jane Cowan

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