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Jessie Anne Barbara MacKenzie (Easton)

August 26, 1932 - July 4, 2021

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Peacefully, in the early morning hours of July 4, 2021, Jessie Anne Barbara MacKenzie (née Easton) went to be with her Lord. Born in Nelson in 1932, Barbara (or “Babs” as she was known growing up) spent most of her school years in Castlegar. No stranger to the “Queen City of the Kootenays”, Barbara was the grand-daughter of Jessie and William Byres, a stonemason whose capable work on retaining walls is still visible in parts of the city.

While working in reception in both the legal and medical fields in Castlegar, Barbara met Wayne MacKenzie in 1951— a geologist exploring the West Kootenays— dancing with him at Playmor Junction where young people from both Castlegar and Nelson would routinely meet. Barbara and Wayne married in Castlegar in May, 1952.

After accompanying Wayne in his mining career through various locations in Washington, Idaho, Maine, New Brunswick and Virginia, they both returned to the Kootenays when Wayne received a calling to Christian ministry in 1955. After a time spent studying at Union College (now the Vancouver School of Theology) at the University of British Columbia, the couple embarked on a new career path in both missions and pastoral ministry. Complimenting her husband’s more introspective character, Barbara was highly relational and gregarious— with a strong pragmatic streak and a well developed gift of service. In total, Wayne and Barbara raised a family of four children and served multiple locations in British Columbia— including Whonnock and Webster’s Corner (Maple Ridge), Alert Bay, Bamfield, Kamloops, Enderby, Squamish, and Revelstoke. They returned to Nelson in 1976, where Barbara worked for many years as a Nurse’s Aide at Willowhaven— a care facility on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

Following her retirement, Barbara remained in Nelson, sharing many wonderful years with her husband, Wayne, until his passing in March 2000.  The MacKenzie family would like to take this opportunity to thank Barbara’s Rosemont neighbours for their significant help and kindness through the years. We also want to thank Barbara’s professional caregiver, Emily, and her various Community Homecare workers and nurses for their invaluable support in enabling Mom to live independently for many years. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Mountain Lake Senior’s Community (Evergreen 15), where Mom spent her last few weeks.

Barbara is survived by her four children: Susan (Maynard) Embree of Maple Ridge; Hollie (Jim) Burrage of Nanoose Bay, Carolyn (Richard) Fortin of Surrey, and David (Berenice) MacKenzie of Courtenay; by nine grown grandchildren: Christopher, Matthew, Johanna, Megan, Joshua, Rebecca, Aidan, Aliyah, and Joshua; by her brother Bill’s children: Patty (Dale) Davies, Colleen (Dan) Nabata, and Bob (Teresa) Easton; by six great-grandchildren; as well numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand-nephews on both sides of the Canadian-American border. She is also survived by many relatives in Scotland whom she faithfully kept in touch with and was able to meet in 2001.  Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Annie (Byres) and William “Bill” . Easton; her beloved husband, Wayne; her brother, Bill Easton; and by one son-in-law, Don Stich.

In thanksgiving to God for His grace in Barbara’s life, a memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 16th, beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception (details pending). She will be interred at the Nelson Memorial Park cemetery at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to: World Vision Canada or to First Baptist Church in Nelson, whose Elders faithfully served her communion, as a shut-in.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.— Psalm 23:6

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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Gordon and Cathy Crozier
Relation: Family

Sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a good friend to my mother Jessie Anne Crozier. I remember her calling my mom Aunty Jessie when I was young and could not figure why Auntie when they seemed to be near the same age. Best to all of your family

From: Jodi (Scott) Caron
Relation: I was a neighbour for several years before moving to the Coast

My sincerest condolences. I remember a cute story involving my dog and your mother. It happened in the 1980s. Mom (Bobby Scott) had gotten a new dog, a Shar Pei named Phat Albert. I had taken him out for a walk, and we got caught in a downpour. Albi did not like the rain. He pulled me under the trees in your mom’s driveway and refused to move. After about 10 minutes, your mom called to me from the front door asking “is everything alright, dear?” I said “yes, but if you don’t mind, can we wait till the rain slows down? Albi is scared of the rain” She said “of course” and let us be. We were there for a little longer before I could coax him out! More recently, I had a nice visit with your mom in May 2020 when I was walking my dog Miss Sophie by. I had been spending a lot of time at mom’s home cleaning it out after she passed in Feb 2020. The street is changing, but I still think of it as home. I hope you keep many happy memories in your hearts.

From: Susan Potter
Relation: Friend/Classmates in high school

Dear David and Families, sending you heartfelt condolences at this sad time for you, memories of family are stored in love, and can be reflected on in an instant to heal the sadness of your loss.

From: Doug & Jean Crozier
Relation: Family

Sorry to hear about the passing of Babs. She will be greatly missed. Thinking of all of you.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
July 16, 2021
Beginning at 11:00am

A memorial service will be held at the Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, July 16th, beginning at 11:00 AM, followed by a reception (details pending). She will be interred at the Nelson Memorial Park cemetery at 2:00 PM.

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to: World Vision Canada or to First Baptist Church in Nelson, whose Elders faithfully served her communion, as a shut-in.

Thank You Notice

The MacKenzie family would like to take this opportunity to thank Barbara’s Rosemont neighbours for their significant help and kindness through the years. We also want to thank Barbara’s professional caregiver, Emily, and her various Community Homecare workers and nurses for their invaluable support in enabling Mom to live independently for many years. Also, a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Mountain Lake Senior’s Community (Evergreen 15), where Mom spent her last few weeks.

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