Virginia Mary “Ginny” MacKenzie | Obituary
Williamsport – Virginia Mary MacKenzie (Ginny), 96, died on September 9, 2021 in Williamsport.
Ginny was born in Philadelphia on October 2, 1924 to the late Virginia (Jean) Campbell and John Kehoe. Ginny grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from West Catholic Girls High School, where she was proud to be a member of the choir. Her beautiful singing voice led her to sing with a local band during and after high school. She met Ronald MacKenzie, the love of her life, while in high school, at the local rink in 1941.
Ginny and Ronnie (Ginny’s nickname for Ron) were married in Philadelphia on January 16, 1943. While Ronnie was stationed in Alaska during World War II, Ginny moved to Seattle to be near him and gave birth to them. first child, Little Ginny, in August 1945.
Ginny and Ron were going to be raising five more children in the Philadelphia area. She was a wonderful, caring and loving mother to each of them. Their homes were always filled with music and Ginny’s songs. Ginny and Ron have had many parties throughout their lives, and they especially enjoyed dancing at the Antlers and other venues. Ginny was known for the style and design of the clothes and accessories and the beautiful homes she created.
In 1976 the family moved to Williamsport where Ginny and Ron made many friends and led very happy and active lives. While Ron worked for JB Gibbons, Ginny continued to raise the family and was active on many volunteer committees with the St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church. Ginny and Ron were both very active at Bridge House and reached master’s level in bridge. They enjoyed attending tournaments all over Pennsylvania.
In January 1993, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a big party in the ballroom of the Hotel Genetti. Guests have come from as far away as California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey and, of course, Pennsylvania.
Ginny was predeceased by Ron, her husband of 70 years; his mother, Jean France; her father, John Kehoe; her stepfather, Edouard France; his sister, Rita Nimmer; and daughter Virginia MacKenzie Axtell.
Ginny is survived by her five children, Randy MacKenzie and Robert MacKenzie of Williamsport, Mary Mackenzie of Lakewood, Colorado, and Linda MacKenzie Kennerly and Theresa MacKenzie of Golden, Colorado. She is also survived by her beloved grandson, River MacKenzie of Lakewood, Colo., And her brother, Edward France Jr., of the King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A Christian burial mass will be celebrated for Ginny at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701 on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 10 a.m. He is scheduled to visit the church before mass at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery, Williamsport.
Ginny will be sadly missed by her family. His energy and love for life will never be duplicated. Thank you, Ginny, for these 96 wonderful years.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.