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Cecilia (Keating) MacKenzie

Born In: Sydney
Born: February 4th, 1924

Passed in: Halifax, Canada
Passed on: July 25th, 2013

Cecilia MacKenzie (Keating), 89, of Halifax, formerly of Antigonish and Sydney, passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital on Thursday July 25, 2013.
Born in Sydney, Cape Breton on Feb. 4, 1924, she was the daughter of Thomas and Jessie Ann (MacDougall) Keating.
She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Joseph MacKenzie (1978) and daughter-in-law, Donelda (Stamp) MacKenzie (1992). Also predeceased by sisters, Mary and Jane and brothers, Raymond, Daniel and John.
She is survived by her sisters, Rita and Teresa and sister-in-law, Marie Keating.
Cecilia was the proud mother of 10 children, Thomas, John (Janet), Margaret, Ann, Elizabeth, Raymond, Mary, Carol, Michael and Paul (Kate) and is lovingly remembered as the best “Gramma” by her grandchildren, Michael (Keesha), Peter, Stephane, Danielle, Lily, James, Sam and great-granddaughter, Michaela Cecilia. She will be missed by many devoted and cherished nieces and nephews.
After graduating from Teacher’s College in the 1940s. Cecilia taught children of all ages in a one room schoolhouse in Sydney River. Attending a New Year’s Eve party in Sydney during a Christmas break, she spotted a handsome Peter MacKenzie in his uniform on leave for the holidays, conveniently standing below the mistletoe and walked over and kissed him! This was the beginning of a wonderful partnership of love. They were a formidable team working in the Credit Union movement in Antigonish and raising their large, noisy brood in the unique community of Greenwold in Antigonish County. When Peter died in 1978, Cecilia forged on for the next 35 years devoting her life to caring for her family. On Aug. 1, on what would have been their 64th wedding anniversary, Cecilia will be laid to rest with her beloved Pete.
Cecilia was a woman of diverse interests and keen intellect. Long before the Internet, Gramma was our source for what was going on in the night sky, who won the Kentucky Derby, politics, botany and family history. She was renowned for her tea biscuits, crossword abilities, artistic flair and her straightforward and sage advice. After 10 children, she was the undisputed expert on all things regarding babies and was the most tender and loving of grandmothers bestowing her signature “squeaker” kisses liberally.
Though she faced her share of heartache, Cecilia remained a woman of great faith and lived a life of charity and caring that exemplified this faith. We were blessed to have her with us for such a long and wonderful life.
The family extends a heartfelt thanks to the surgeons and staff at QE II and a special thank you to Roz Beniot (nurse practitioner) whose care meant so much to our mother
Mass of the Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church, 5900 Inglis St., Halifax.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
To view or send a condolence to the family please visit www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com.


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