E. Eileen McKenzie
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E. Eileen McKenzie
  • June 25, 1918 - October 7, 2013
  • Altamonte Spg, Florida

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Eileen McKenzie, 95, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed to Glory October 7, 2013, peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Southfork, Illinois, on June 25, 1918; raised in Illinois; lived in St. Louis; and finally retired in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl (Jim) McKenzie, and is survived by her daughter, Cheryl McKenzie, son, Kevin McKenzie, grandsons Ian McKenzie and Wyatt McKenzie, and many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

She worked for the Illinois State Legislature, the Illinois Terminal Railroad, and in St. Louis at the Hazelwood School district, the job she loved most. In her 80's, she was a Foster Grandparent volunteer and helped teach hundreds of Bear Lake Elementary children to read, often providing additional instruction at her home. She loved her students.

There will be two memorials. The first will be on Sunday, October 27, 2013 starting at 11:00 AM, in the Orchid Room at Leu Botanical Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32803, (407) 246-2620. There will be a reception and a butterfly release in the gardens. Eileen loved butterflies. The second will be noon, Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the New Beginnings Church of God, 2606 Route 121 NW, Decatur, Illinois, 62526, (217) 875-0696, with lunch to follow.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to either Vitas Hospice of Orlando, or the Foster Grandparent Program at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Please contact Ashley Carlson (702) 382-0721 for details.