On September 18, 2022, Hazel Mary, wife of Donald L. Mackenzie for 63 years, died at home after a brief illness. She leaves Donald, son Ian R. Mackenzie, favourite daughter-in-law, Julie, grandchildren Alexander and Laura, in Ottawa, and daughter Helen M. Mackenzie, favourite son-in-law Bill Kehew, grandchildren Everett and Jessie, in Woodstock, Ontario. She also leaves family in England, brothers John (Valerie) and Roger (Heather) and his family. Born in Oxford, England to Reginald H. and Hilda M. (Bennett) Bowley, she emigrated to Montreal in 1957 where she met and married Donald in 1959. Graduate of Carleton University in 1979 and long-time employee of the National Gallery of Canada, she retired in 2003. Thanks are due to Rosemary and the team of palliative care nurses and PSWs who cared for her in the last days of her life.
All are welcome to a memorial service and reception at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON) on Friday, November 4th at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, her memory would be best honoured by a donation to any favourite charity. Hazel’s favourites included the Unitarian Service Committee (now known as Seed Change), the Cancer Research Society, and Help our Students Program.
So very sorry to hear about your loss. Your mother sounds like a wonderful, intelligent woman and I'm sure you will miss her greatly. Take care.
My deepest sympathies to Ian, Laura and family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers in these difficult times.
Kerry Wilson & Bernard Eskénazi
We will miss Hazel! She was kind, tolerant, and interested in what went on in the world outside her home. She had a positive life view, loved conversation, travel, the arts, and flowers. And she was a real party animal. She set the most beautiful tables – Donald mixed the Rob Roys and cooked – and we enjoyed many entertaining evenings in their home. Our thoughts are with Donald who has lost the love of his life, and with the family of whom Hazel was so proud. Our most sincere condolences …
My thoughts are with you and your family in this sad moment.
Bryan & Janet Cossart (Australia)
We are incredibly privileged to have known you Hazel , if only for a short time. We wish we had met you and Donald earlier.
Our sincere condolences to Donald, Ian, Helen and their families.
Ian, I am so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. This must be a difficult time for you and your family. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. Sincerest condolences, Ann
Dear Ian, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts are with you. Take good care, Chantal
Roger & Heather Bowley
Our hearts are with you, Donald and all of your family in Canada at this time. Our wonderful sister/sister-in-law will be greatly missed. We always laughed together, Hazel, Donald and the two of us, on the phone, on holiday together. A truly amazing person, very loved. Wonderful memories.