Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 26, 2014

Ellen M. Mackenzie

KALKASKA — Ellen M. Mackenzie, 84, of Kalkaska, passed away on Jan. 24, 2014, at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Long Term Care. Ellen was born on March 25, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of Andrew and Edith (Hutchinson) Zitzman.

Ellen enjoyed singing to anyone who would listen, making needlepoint crosses and writing poetry, family newsletters and even short plays for school and church events.

Her home, especially her porch, was a place where friends, family and neighbors gathered to enjoy her sense of humor.

She is survived by three children, Marilyn (Jim) Williamson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Carol (David) Williams, of Midland and Alden, and Karen Mackenzie, of Rapid City; a sister-in-law, Mary Zitzman, of Knoxville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Ericka Mackenzie, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a son-in-law, Gordon Day, of Rapid City; nine grandchildren, Derek, Bridgette, Harry, Erin, Shannon, Christopher, Nicholas, Heather and Megan; as well as seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; a son, Harry “Billy”; three sisters, Sarah Lambert, Florence Chilton and Ruth Lavery; two brothers, James and Andrew Zitzman; a half sister, Cecil Wilson; and her parents.

Funeral services will take place on Monday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m., at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Clearwater Township Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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