We, the family of Sarah Catherine ‘Kay’ MacKenzie, age 95, are heartbroken to announce her sudden passing on Thursday, April 4, 2019. She was surrounded by her loving family in her home of 74 years, the place she loved the most.
Born on April 12, 1923 in Piper’s Cove, Kay was the daughter of the late Rory Joseph and Annie (MacNeil) MacNeil. She was a devout Catholic, a woman of strong faith and a lifelong member of St. Barra’s Parish, Christmas Island.
Kay served God through her prayer life, including her daily recitation of the Rosary, as well as her dedication and devotion to her home and family. Kay was our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, our matriarch; the center of our world. We were blessed to have her for so many years and to experience her many interesting stories, her sharp wit and her quick recall of people and events in the local community. Kay was fluent in Gaelic; she enjoyed her Gaelic chats with friend and neighbor, Catherine.
Kay was a master biscuit maker (we are still trying to perfect her recipe) and no one left her home without the tea. She loved nature, attending to her flowers, knitting, cooking meals, painting and decorating her home and watching her favorite shows, especially the daily Mass and the Young and the Restless. Her most treasured moments came from spending time with friends, her large family and dog-sitting her best buddy, Maxie.
Since 1970, Kay was the sole parent to her 10 children and worked tirelessly to provide for us, instilling strong moral values, a good work ethic and a devotion to faith, prayer and family. She is survived by her children, Neil (Diane), Theresa MacKinnon, John R., Anne (Kevin) McCormick, Sandra (Tony) DePompa, Sharon (Doug) Wansbrough, Andrea, Keith (Marie), Kevin (Anne) and David L. (Terry). She was very proud of her 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and godchildren.
Kay was the sole surviving member of her immediate family. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband, Neil; son-in-law, James Andre MacKinnon; sisters, Florence (Danny) MacNeil, Mary Sarah (Paddy) MacNeil, Mary Ann (Peter Rory) MacKenzie and brothers, Michael (Frances) and Hector (Helena).
Visitation and memorial Mass for the late Mrs. MacKenzie will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in St. Columba Church, Iona. Gathering of family friends will take place from 12 noon-2 p.m. with memorial Mass to follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Vargheese and Rev. Ray Huntley officiating. Interment at St. Barra’s Cemetery, Christmas Island with a reception to follow at Christmas Island Fire Hall.
Memorial donations in memory of Kay can be made to the St. Barra’s Cemetery Fund or Mass for Shut-Ins.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Dear Anne and Kevin
So sorry to hear about your mom. It sounds like she was a very wonderful person. When I saw her picture in the paper I could not get over how much you, Anne, and your mom looked alike. It is so hard to lose someone in your life, that are one of the few, that give you unconditional love. I am also sorry that we will not be able to attend the wake or funeral. Joe is working and I have 2 of my grandchildren all day while their parents work. I will be thinking of you. I am glad you have Kevin and the rest of your family for support.
From: Linda and Joe T. MacNeil
Anne, Kevin and family; David and Terry; Kevin, Anne and family.
Our sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mother. The obituary was a beautiful reflection of her life. Her legacy will live on through her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We are not able to attend today but will be thinking and praying as you go through this difficult journey.
From: Lorrie and Leroy Hodder and family
Neil,so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom.Please pass on to your brothers and sisters our deepest condolences.I will remember her at the prayers of the faithful at the 10 am Mass here in Wasaga Beach Friday morning
From: .Gemma and Michael MacIntyre..
Our sincere condolences to all of Kay’s family. May you hold dear your memories and let them guide you during this difficult time.
From: Bailey and Ann Doreen (Gillis) McCrea & John and Lexie ( Gillis) Martin
Dear Neil Joe, Diane, Theresa, John R, Anne, Kevin, Sandra, Tony, Sharon, Doug, Andrea, Keith, Marie, Kevin, Anne, David L and Terry:
My sincere sympathy to you all on the loss of your wonderful, Mother, Aunt Catherine.
There was quite the reunion in heaven last Thursday when the last and the youngest of the Rory Joe’s arrived there!
Aunt Catherine was my Godmother.
I always enjoyed my visits when I was at Piper’s Cove and I would come over to watch The Young and The Restless with her!
She was always great to give me “my wake up call” on Sunday mornings!
Last year I was so very happy to see everybody at her 95th birthday party in the Christmas Island Fire Hall. It was a very wonderful day and there were tons of pictures taken on that day!
I am so very thankful that I had visited with her in the hospital on Sunday, 31 March. We had a great visit! I was saying to her that there should be good apples this year on the trees!
May all the very wonderful memories that you have of her, help you all in the difficult days ahead. She is going to be missed by all of us!
God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.
Your loving 49er cousin
Dear Sandra, Sharon, and family,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of you mother. I remember her from a long while ago with my mom. It’s so hard to loose your mom, whatever the age.
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Peggy (MacDonald, Boisdale) and Kevin Jordan
Neil, Diane and Mac Kenzie families my sincere condolences on the loss of your mom. God Bless you all.
Dave, Sorry to learn of your mothers passing. Our sincere condolences.
Tim & Jean Lynch
Our condolences to the family for the loss of your grand mother
May her soul rest in peace and she is granted with the highest place in heaven Amen.
Lots of love
Zehra Dar & Family ( Azeems aunty)
Neil,so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing..Please pass on to your brothers and sisters our deepest condolences.I will remember her at the prayers of the faithful at the 10 am Mass here in Wasaga Beach Friday morning..Gemma and Michael MacIntyre
John and MacKenzie family….so very sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our sincere condolences at this most difficut time. God bless you all.
Our sincere condolences to all of Sarah Catherine’s family. May you hold on to your wonderful memories and allow them to guide you during this time of sorrow.
Bailey and Ann Doreen (Gillis)McCrea
John and Lexie ( Gillis) Martin
I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I grew up hearing stories of Catherine. She was my grandmothers sister.
Melanie Murray (Ottawa)
grand daughter of Mary Sarah MacNeil