R Mary (MacKillop) MacKenzie of Wayland formerly of Chestnut Hill, Brookline died on Aug 17, 2012. Mary attended Brookline schools and following her graduation, was hired by the Brookline School Department where she worked in the Accounts payable Dept until her retirement. As a teen, Mary was an amateur women's softball league pitcher in Brookline for 10 years and played until the year she got married. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church in Needham until her declining health prevented her from participating. Mary held various roles over the years which included being an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., an ordained Deacon, choir member and Sunday school teacher. Mary enjoyed bowling and was a staunch supporter of Boston's professional sports teams, especially the Red Sox. She created a Ted Williams scrapbook to honor him during his heyday with the Red Sox and had a baseball autographed by him. She was a compassionate and tireless caregiver to her parents and her husband when they were ill. Preferring to care for others, it was difficult for her to be on the receiving end when her health declined. Mary's cheerful countenance left an impression with all she came in contact with as she ran errands around town as evidenced by the people she knew by name in local establishments. Her kind, generous spirit will be missed by those who knew her.
Beloved wife of the late Hugh J. MacKenzie and daughter of the late Roderick A. and Christine (MacKinnon) MacKillop, Mary is survived by her daughter Chris Armstrong and husband Peter, and her twin grandchildren Megan and Ian Armstrong all of Wayland. She is also survived by exceptionally supportive in-laws: Beverly MacKillop, wife of her late brother Lloyd, of Abington, Frank and Isabel MacKenzie of Hallowell, ME, Cindy MacKenzie, wife of the late Lawrence MacKenzie of Pembroke, Allan and Jessie MacDonald of Lothian MD, Donald and Joan MacLeod of No. Easton and Warren and Isabel MacKenzie of Phoenix AZ and Carver and many nieces and nephews who she adored.
The family wishes to thank those who cared for Mary while she was at Wingate in Sudbury as well as the special caregivers with SolAmor Hospice. Memorial donations may be made to the Deacon's Fund at the Presbyterian Church in Needham 1458 Great Plain Ave Needham MA 02494.
A memorial service will be held on Wed Aug 22 at 11 AM in the Presbyterian Church in Needham 1458 Great Plain Ave NEEDHAM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Tues 4-7 PM. Private interment in The Gardens at Gethsemane.
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