January 24, 2022
MacKENZIE, Marlene (née Lowry) – Peacefully at the Louise Marshall Hospital on Monday, January 24, 2022 in her 87th year. Beloved wife of the late Elmer MacKenzie (2003). Loving mother of Blair (Susan) MacKenzie, Brent MacKenzie, and Craig MacKenzie (Carrie Deverell). Cherished grandmother of Ian, Kate, Sabine and Alexander. Dear sister of Lynn Lowry (Donna Mueller), David (Shirley) Lowry, Wayne (Patt) Lowry, Carl Lowry, Elliott (Ellen) Lowry, Corinne (Gene) Mordaunt and sister-in-law of Murray Thompson. Marlene is lovingly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Predeceased by her siblings: Perrin (Marion) Lowry and Janette Thompson, sister-in-law Gayle Lowry, as well as her brothers- and sisters-in-law and their spouses in the MacKenzie Family.
Marlene moved to Mount Forest after she and Elmer were the lighthouse keepers in Point Clark. She lived the majority of her life in Mount Forest, where she felt most at home, often with a good book or listening to music. Marlene taught in Mount Forest and worked at the Post Office for many years.
Cremation has taken place. Spring interment will take place in the Mount Forest Cemetery. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marlene are asked to consider the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest.
Blair, Brent, and Craig,
You and your Mom and Dad will be in my thoughts and my heart this weekend. I'd like to think your Mom and Dad are reunited and filled with joy. I am currently living in Nova Scotia and taking a 3-year program in Acupuncture, unfortunately, I can not be with you in person at your Mom's celebration of life but I will be remembering her and holding all of you in my heart. Thinking of you all with a warm smile on my face. Love Jennifer
So sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. I was her homecare worker for a couple of years and always enjoyed our talks. She was proud of all her family and talked of them with much love.— Anna Nieuwenhuis, February 23, 2022
Dear Blair, Brent and Craig: I have fond memories of your whole family! I babysat you boys, your parents were great friends of my parents, and your Mom graciously hosted a wedding shower for me many years ago. Such a lovely family! Thinking of you and yours at his hard time
Madeline (Tighe) Ruehlicke
Our deepest sympathy to all the family in the passing of Marlene.
She was a wonderful lady and it was always a treat to visit with her.
My sympathy to all the Lowry family. Many wonderful memories will be with you.
It happens that, a few days ago, I put my hands on a program for the 1947 Music Festival in Ripley Township Hall. Marlene Lowry shared the Announcer duties with Eugene Walden. One of the numbers was a piano trio featuring pupils from S.S.11, Huron -Evelyn, Margaret and Marion McTavish.
The motto printed on the cover was: It is a fine thing to hear music; It is finer to make music; It is finest to make music in company with others.
I’m sure the Lowry and MacKenzie families lived by this motto!
Sincerely, Ruth Anne
Please accept my sincere sympathy at this most difficult time.— Brenda Harris, January 31, 2022
Blair, Susan, Brent, Craig, Carrie: your mom and dad both had a real gift of making every person that crossed their paths feel so special and important. I think of Ma often as I go about my life, and will continue to think of her and miss her. Love to you all.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom.— Karen K Switzer, January 30, 2022
My sincere heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Marlenes’ families.
Also being one of the 40 cousins, we always thought so much of Marlene and Elmer.
We had so many great times in our youth, because Uncle Eldie and Aunt Alma’s was the place to go so often on Sundays
Kathleen (Fisher) Gibson
Blair, Brent and Craig
Thinking of you during this sad time with the loss of your mom. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Our thoughts and sympathy are with the MacKenzie's and Lowry's at this time.
Doug, Karen and family
Dear Brent - I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Please know that you are in my thoughts and my most sincere sympathies to you and your family, Susan Bridle-Rawn— Susan Bridle-Rawn, January 29, 2022
Two cousins thinking of everyone at this sad time.
Marnie and Helen
To all of Marlene’s family:
I have such good and fond memories of sleepovers with Marlene and Andy (Elmer) and being driven to high school in Wingham on mornings when Marlene was teaching.
What fun and what a wicked sense of humour in both Marlene and Elmer.
I pray all of your good memories will sustain you as you miss her in your daily lives.
Mary (Fisher/Dawson) Cassidy
Our condolences to the MacKenzie and Lowry families. Thinking of you all at this difficult time,
Doug & Anne Eadie
Sending my deepest condolences. Marlene was such a lovely person. I always enjoyed our conversations. She had the most infectious smile and such a gentle nature. Just a lovely, lovely lady. Thinking of you all in this difficult time.— Trina Collette, January 28, 2022
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Have many great memories of our times together at OPP functions.— Joyce Johnston, January 27, 2022
My condolences to the entire MacKenzie family.
Blair, Brent and Craig. So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your mom and dad were a big part of my childhood. She was such a wonderful friend to my mom. Thinking of you all during this very sad time.
Dear Brent and family....so sorry to hear about your mom. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and most certainly our prayers. Daryll and Debb Cameron— Debb and Daryll Cameron, January 27, 2022
We wish to extend our sympathy to all of Marlene's family. We knew her as the big sister to her siblings and will be greatly missed. We enjoyed chats with her around Point Clarke and at different functions and were sorry to hear about her passing— Bob and Shirley Harris, January 26, 2022
Blair, Susan and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you all.
My condolences on the loss of your dear Mom.— Diana Koehler, January 26, 2022
Our sincere condolences to everyone. Wayne and Sandra Lytle— Wayne and Sandra Lytle, January 26, 2022
Blair, Craig and Brent, we were sorry to here about your moms passing, she was a wonderful lady, always had a story to tell, she really loved her family, and her grand children, you will have some great memories to remember her by.— Dan and Kim Yake, January 26, 2022
Sorry for your loss.— Derek Aitken, January 26, 2022
Sending our sincere sympathy to Blair, Brent and Craig and families on the loss of your mom. Hugs to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.— Mark and Joanne Byers and family, January 26, 2022
Sorry for the loss of Marlene.
I got to know most of the Lowry family as I did PSW work with Alma and Eldon for several years.
A great couple who raised a wonderful family, I sure heard lots of family tales during my time with them.
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
DIANNE AND FRED HOEHN
Dear Blair, Susan and Family,
Our deepest condolences upon learning that
your precious mother who passed away recently. We are thinking of you during these difficult and sad times at this moment in your life. May she Rest in Peace!!
Blair, Brent & Craig; We want to send our thoughts and sympathies to you and your families. Being one of the 40 "cuzzins" , we will miss our dear Marlene with her lovely smile. When we were kids, our family (John & Dorothy Carruthers, Gayle & Anne) would visit with Grandma Carruthers in Lucknow when she lived beside the Legion, and so we would have more room to sleep, Anne and I often stayed with Marlene and Elmer in their apartment on the corner. What fun we had there -- Elmer always teased us and Marlene would spoil us and always have that special smile. We later saw her mostly at the family picnics but I always think of her and her smile. She was so proud of her family and with good reason.
Hugs to all of you.
We send our sincere condolences to the Lowry and MacKenzie families on the passing of Marlene. There are fond memories of her being like a big sister to me when I was a teenager. She was such a caring person. She will be missed.— Doreen and Don Steele, January 26, 2022
My deepest symapathy to the MacKenie Family.
Brent and family;
Sincerest condolences on the passing of Marlene. As John and I sit enjoying our morning hot beverage we are recalling the many memorable moments and laughs provided by Brent and Marlene when we would cross paths in Mount Forest. Her smile and sweet manner will forever be embedded in my mind. Hugs.
Sorry for the family's loss
Blair, Brent and Craig
So ends an era. Cadillac cars, vans, guitars, Pt. Clark, motorbikes, bands, who could land the prettiest date, parties ...oh boy...you guys sure put Elmer and Marlene thru the paces.
Gentlemen, both your Mom and Dad were giants to me. Just a plain, hard working Canadian couple who raised a trio of great boys who became even greater men.
Elmer always trusted me to look after Craig on our ventures. Marlene always, always would insist on me coming in and at least sitting down for a minute to explain to her what our plan of action was for that particular day.
I remember Mrs. MacKenzie washing the chalkboard off in between classes at public school with a rag and water...and Elmer outside sneaking a cig 5 years after he’d quit or decked out in his OPP uniform.
Craig worked for H. Bye for 15 years and operated an hi-hoe with the same precision as Marlene did cleaning a chalkboard. Craig was the first of two operators in Ontario to master a Roto-Tilt.
A lot of fantastic things come out of that little house Marlene and Elmer built on Egremont, or Wellington, or behind the arena parking lot or beside the curling club????...that is a story only Ian Campbell or Elmer could effectively tell😊.
Hats off to you gentlemen.
If we can be the giants your parents were...well then we’ve accomplished something.
Carolyn and Randy Bye
My condolences to Blair, Brent, Craig and their families. I don't remember any time that Marlene was not smiling and happy to see me. Raising three boys gives one a lot of patience and she and Elmer always seemed to know when not to be at the cottage and when not to be at the house. Rest in peace.— Stephen Adams, January 25, 2022
I heard from my sister last night, of your Mom's passing. Our sincere condolences to Blair, Brent, and Craig and families.
Your Mom and Dad had some great trips with my parents - I can see them now - the 4 of them - spending time on the boat, or traipsing around the country. I will always think fondly of both your Mom and Dad. Good neighbours; good friends.
Our Sincere Sympathy to all of Marlene's family and friends. This may be our second condolence as I am not sure the first one went. She was a quiet, gently lady with a cute little ready smile. She loved all of her family and had special love for Susan, Blair's wife. Our niece Jennifer is married to Paul Lowry who spoke kindly of his aunt. May her Soul Rest In Peace. As you miss her, you will treasure your happy memories of her and Elmer. Our condolences to all, Bob and Mary McIntee— Bob and Mary McIntee, January 25, 2022
Sorry to hear your mom passed.
When my mom,,Marion Lucas lived next door she enjoyed their chats,with Flora as well……..great 3 ladies together.
If you need help please let me know.
Again my sincere condolences .