Edna “Eddie” Joyce MacKenzie (Hunt)


Eddie passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning September 15, 2009 in the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops at the age of 78 years. She fought a brave battle after a car accident in April this year, which left her with many health complications.

Eddie is survived by four children Margaret (Bill) Brush, Turtle Valley; Gordon (Sandy) Mackenzie, Lumby; Pat MacKenzie, Chase; Ellie (Wayne) Speller of Turtle Valley; her sister, Margaret Schulz; and grandchildren Travis, Steven, Lester, Beth, Jennifer, Trevor, Bonnie and Alan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Larry, her father, Chester, her mother Bertha, and her brother, Jim.

Edna Joyce Hunt was born in Agassiz, BC February 26, 1931. She was the eldest of three children, and had a very interesting life journey.  Married to Larry MacKenzie in October 8, 1954, their new life together began in Turtle Valley on the old place. From the Model T Ford to farming with horses, to modern day style, Edna has seen it all. She worked for the School District 73 for 20 years, retired and then went back to the school volunteering as a Grandma helper until her accident this last spring.  She loved helping children and they, in turn, loved her back.

Eddie was an avid gardener and grew both flowers and veggies. Dear Mom taught both her daughters to can fruit and veggies, as she would always say “you need to be like a squirrel as you may not be able to get to the store in winter.”

Eddie lived in the Turtle valley for 55 years.  She had morning coffee on by 6:00 am, and if the lights were on everyone in the valley new they were welcome to stop in for a cup. There is so much she has done for others, whether it be helping children in the school by listening and sharing, or talking to others who may have wanted a Turtle Valley history lesson.

Mom rest in peace and join Dad in the Turtle Valley hills.

 A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. at the Chase Community Hall with Jack Bowers officiating. Family and friends will be sharing  tributes, and there will be an opportunity for an open mike.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eddie may be made to the Osteoporosis Society of BC, 2910 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3Y9.

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  Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

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