Longtime Granby resident Florence C. McKenzie passes away
Florence C. McKenzie passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Florence was born March 8, 1911, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Noah and Flora LaBelle. She spent most of her childhood in Fort Qu’appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada.
In 1935 she married Bruce McKenzie and they were married for 66 years. They had two children, Jerry and Penny. The family moved to the United States in 1948 and lived in Ulysses, Kan., and several Colorado towns – Walden, Granby (where she lived for 39 years) and finally Glenwood Springs.
Florence devoted her life to her family. She was a great friend to all and enjoyed the friendship of everyone she met. She was full of energy, wisdom and wit. Her quick wit and sayings endeared her to all she met. She was a tiny person with a giant spirit of independence. She lived in Sunnyside Retirement Center until she was 99 years and 10 months “going on 80.” She was remarkable for her age and mostly just for who she was.
She is survived by her son Jerry and Jeannie McKenzie of Cypress, Calif., and daughter Penny and Chuck Donelan of Glenwood Springs. She had six grandchildren – Shanley Mangeot, Stacy McKenzie, Wendy Pena, Jody McKenzie/Munlawin, Jennifer Carranza, Joe Vogan and 15 great grand children. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce, sister Ruth McNeil, brother Bill LaBelle and two grandsons, David Donelan and Richard Vogan.
Services were held at Sunnyside Retirement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30. Contributions may be made to the 2011 MS Walk “Walk On Team Donelan” 2232 North 7th Suite 14, Grand Junction, CO 81501 or the charity of your choice.
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