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McKENZIE – Sheila Ann

July 4, 1930 – April 21, 2010

Sheila Ann McKenzie passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2010 in Foothills hospital. The skilled and caring staff had done everything possible to support and comfort her under the circumstances; for that we will be ever grateful.

Born in Vancouver on the 4th of July, 1930, only child of Chester and Clara Neff (nee Grant), Sheila graduated from Lord Byng High School and went on to the University of Toronto to become an Occupational Therapist (grad ’52). She met Douglas Edward McKenzie, dashing young Air Force officer, while she was working at a military hospital in Saskatoon; They married in Vancouver November 1953 and moved continuously from one Air Force base to another within Canada until Doug retired in 1974 and the family settled down in Alberta. Both Sheila and Doug enjoyed Highland games and were active in MacKenzie and History Societies here. Thanks to Shannon’s Air Canada connection, they also travelled extensively around the globe. Active over the years in UCW, PEO, Bow Valley Quilters (‘Strippers’ group) and the book club she founded decades ago, Sheila also returned to her career as an Occupational Therapist and specialized in stroke rehabilitation after putting down stakes in Calgary. Enthusiastically social, she loved to entertain and through voluminous correspondence maintained a vast network of far-flung acquaintance.

Sheila was predeceased by Doug thirteen years ago. She was deeply loved and will be missed by many, including numerous long-time friends and extended family as well as by her children and grandchildren: Keith McKenzie, his wife Shannon and children, Duncan and Claire; Kathy Mathias, her husband John and sons, David and Jeremy; Shannon McKenzie and son Evan; Susan Watson and daughter Sarah.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Parkdale United Church (2919 – 8th Avenue N.W.) on Saturday, May 15, 2010 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in lieu of flowers directly to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901,

In living memory of Sheila McKenzie, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Jean and Jim Ashman :

    We were saddened to learn of Sheila’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in their time of grief and relief.

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  2. Willis Groshong :

    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a very special person and touched so many people in her lifetime. It was a priviledge to know her.


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  3. Valerie Stables & Garry Wilkie & Declan Wilkie :

    Keith, Shannon, Duncan, and Claire

    Our sincere condolences to you and your loved ones on the loss of your mother, friend, & grandmother. May our expression of sympathy help comfort you in this difficult time. Please know that we care and our thoughts are with you.

    Valerie, Garry & Declan

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  4. I was very sad to learn that your mom had passed. I used to groom Bonnie and Daisy and had many a conversation with your mom, I liked her very much! I could tell that her condition really annoyed her and that she was probably a real bundle of energy before the Parkinsons. She always struck me as being a very strong woman and a lover of animals (or dogs) I had to quit grooming due to a family illness, but I often wondered how your mom was doing. My deepest sympathies go out to you at this most difficult time.

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  5. Terry Briand :

    My name was given to Sheila by one of her opera companions (my sister Rose) as a possible pet sitter for a Cairn Terrier name of Bonnie aka “Escape Artist”. Gosh that must have been 1995? It was a pleasure to care for Bonnie. Later Sheila & I began an e-mail correspondence consisting mostly of humorous pet photo’s, jokes or thoughts for the day. It was a DELIGHT knowing Sheila.
    My condolences to the family.

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  6. Andy, Doreen & Alexander McMillan :

    It is with heavy hearts that we have learned of Sheila’s passing. We will miss her. She was a wonderful person and a great ambassador for Clan MacKenzie. Sheila was a most hospitable person, always making my family and I feel welcome at the Highland Games or at the MacKenzie Christmas Gathering. Thank you Sheila. To Sheila’s children and grandchildren, we are sorry for your loss, and we hope to see you at the Clan MacKenzie Tent in the near future.

    Rest in Peace.

    Andrew McMillan
    Commissioner for Western Canada
    Clan Henderson Society of Canada

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  7. Alan McKenzie :

    I am so very sad to hear of Sheila’s passing. She and her late husband were towers of strength for the Clan Mackenzie Society in Canada. Always kind and exceptionally helpful, I for one will miss her very much.
    Alan McKenzie
    Lieutenant to Cabarfeidh,
    Clan Mackenzie Society of Canada

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  8. Michael and Marjorie Popay :

    We have happy memories of Sheila’s wonderful hospitality from when we used to visit Canada to see my sister, Catherine Fuller. Sheila had a great capacity for friendship and kept up with us even when she was ill. We are proud to have known such a lovely person.

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  9. My condolences to Sheila’s family. I first knew Shiela as an occupational therapist at the Holy Cross Hospital. We were discussing opera with Cathy Fuller one day and found out we were all attending with people who hated opera so decided to go together. We continued to do so for many years and I got to know Shiela. She was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and I’ll miss her. She talked often of her family and her love for them.

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  10. I send my sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Sheila. She was such a beautiful, generous and gracious lady. We in Bow River Quilters were all enriched by her participation in our group.

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  11. Joan MacDonald Morris (nee Smith) :

    Sheila and I started Grade 7 together so were school friends as well as pals in Dunbar Heights United Church Young People’s group. Then I was married in that church, the one Mr. Neff built. We go back a long way and memories keep flooding in. We got together whenever our paths crossed. Sheila stayed with me when she came for the 50th High School Grad reunion and how wonderful that was to share memories of some of the best days of our lives. We kept in touch over the years by e-mail, pictures and letters. I will miss her.

    To all Sheila’s family, my husband Hugh and I send our sincere sympathy. May all the happy memories of your Mother support and comfort you at this sad time.

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  12. Mae Crampin :

    I lived with Sheila when I was evacuated to Canada during the war and we stayed in touch by letter and visits ever since. I have many fond memories of a lovely lady. Our sincere condolences to all of Sheila’s family, she will be greatly missed.

    Mae and Alf Crampin and family, Grimsby, UK

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  13. Sue & Jim Murphy; Plymouth; England :

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news about Sheila. She was indeed a very special lady. We arrived in Calgary in the mid ’70s with one suitcase, (Jim was doing post-doctoral work at the University). Sue was lucky enough to land a job at the Foothills Hospital where she worked with Sheila. Sheila and Doug “took us under their wing” and were very generous to us. We were fortunate enough to be able to repay a small portion of their generosity when they visited us in Plymouth a couple of times. In 2008 we had a short visit with Sheila and saw the courage with which she was dealing with Parkinson’s. We have very, very fond memories of both Doug and Sheila and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We will be with you in spirit on the 15th.

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  14. Bob & Lillian Rehak :

    To the family of Sheila McKenzie,
    I was a Physiotherapist who worked with Sheila in Calgary. She was delightful and a lovely person to work with. She had such a love of life and people. It was an honor to know her and our thoughts go out to all of you at this sad time. She will be dearly missed.
    Sincerely, Lillian (Bird) Rehak

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  15. To the McKenzie Family
    Sad to hear of your mother’s passing. I know all of you and many others will miss her. She was such a positive, caring and loving person…..
    Condolences and all the best….
    Lorne Neff

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