Marion-Shirley Jean McKenzie, 79, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at her home.
Shirley was born on March 9, 1937 in Johnson County to Melvin and Nadine (Cavitt) Gurley. She married Jimmy Dale McKenzie on August 30, 1953 in Vienna. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2013.
Shirley worked over 25 years as a head cook for Unit 2 School. She enjoyed gardening, spending time with her church family and bragging about her grandchildren. She played a mean hand of rook. Shirley will be missed. We love you grandma.
She is survived by her two sons; Ronnie Dale McKenzie of Creal Springs, Illinois and William (Bill) James McKenzie and wife Tammy of Marion, Illinois and one daughter, Brenda Kay Cavitt and husband Mike of Carterville, Illinois.
Jimmie Dale McKenzie and wife Jessica of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Kristi McKenzie and Jerry Phipps of Marion, Illinois
Amanda Dalton and husband Brad of Marion, Illinois
Amy McKenzie and Sam Holley of Kirkland, Washington
Ashley and Grant Davis of Marion, Illinois
Jerime Melvin and wife Tracey of Thompsonville, Illinois
Justin Melvin and friend Leigh Duncan of Hurst, Illinois
Jennifer Wright of Carterville, Illinois
Isabella McKenzie of Virginia Beach, Virginia
McKenzie, Madalynn, Hailey and Brad Dalton of Marion, Illinois
Austin, Cooper and Paisley Melvin of Thompsonville, Illinois
Daven, Dustin and Delaney Melvin of Hurst, Illinois
McKenzie and Madison Anderson and Maci Wright of Carterville, Illinois
Emma Claire Davis
Kolton and Jaxson Phipps
Sister Judy Ragain and husband Vernon of Marion, Illinois
Niece Debbie Collins and husband Ray of Maryville, Tennessee
Nephew Brad Ragain and wife Jeanine of Marion, Illinois
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jimmy and sister, Dorris Lawrence
Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Dr. Bob Wagner and Rev. Barry Bascom officiating. Visitation will also be on Monday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Bridges Cemetery and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/ PO Box 411/ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com