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Ellen "Kay" McKenzie, 74 years of age, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at The Medical City of Plano. Kay was born July 24, 1943 in Ashland, KY to the late William and Marjorie Arthur. Kay had three siblings, the late Susan Mullins, Mary Arthur and William Arthur. In 1963, Kay married the love of her life; the late Jack McKenzie and they enjoyed over 50 years of marriage.

Those who knew Kay loved her quick wit and sense of humor that could make the toughest sailor blush! She had a magical way of getting you to laugh at yourself and when she zinged you, she always joined in by laughing at herself too. With Kay's humor came incredible compassion and kindness. Friends and even strangers felt they could talk to her about all their problems and usually did. Her children have many memories of their friends and kids in the neighborhood stopping by for advice, encouragement and good laughs.

She loved her family with an unwavering fierceness and her loyalty to them was an anchor in their lives, because they knew she would always be in their corner. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

Kay was one of the strongest women you would ever know. She fought a battle over the last few years that a heavy weight boxer couldn't win but she never quit, never stopped pushing herself she never laid down for the count.

Kay leaves to cherish her beautiful memory to her children, William Raymond McKenzie, Elizabeth Charlene McKenzie, Paula Kay Payne (Robert), Sue Paris (Ed), and Bobby Joe Lakes, 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many friends and a very special friend, Pauline Ward who was a treasured gift to mom.

Kay was a beacon of light that will live on in all of us.


Arrangements under the direction of Ted Dickey Funeral Home, Plano, TX.