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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Betty McKenzie

Betty Hawkins McKenzie

Tuesday, February 17th, 1931 - Friday, May 3rd, 2019
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February 17, 1931 – May 3, 2019

Betty Hawkins McKenzie, 88, of Oak Harbor, WA passed away peacefully on May 3, 2019 with family by her side.

Betty was born on February 17, 1931 in Frederick, Maryland, the only child of William and Hattie (Trittipoe) Hawkins. She graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School in 1949, and from Marjorie Webster Junior College in 1951.

As stated in her college yearbook, Betty’s life ambition was to be a wife and mother, and it was that at which she excelled.

Betty became acquainted with Jim McKenzie through family connections in her childhood, but it wasn’t until November 11, 1950, that she and Jim had their first date at a Naval Academy football game. (Neither Betty nor Jim remember the score of the game). That first date turned Betty into a lifelong Navy football fan, and ultimately, into the consummate Navy Wife. Jim and Betty were married on June 5, 1954, the day after Jim’s graduation from the Naval Academy. After declining seven previous marriage proposals, eight became Betty’s lucky number.

Jim’s Navy career took Betty all over the country including time in Jacksonville, Pensacola, Alameda, Oceana, Virginia Beach, and San Diego. She always made a beautiful home wherever she landed and was a gracious and welcoming hostess to all. Ultimately, it was Whidbey Island that became Betty and Jim’s true and lasting “home”.
At her idyllic waterfront house on Whidbey, Betty loved working in her yard, planting flowers, feeding the birds, tending to her flock of chickens, and enjoying the sunset at “wine time”.

Frequent trips to Seattle for theatre, ballet, and opera (with some shopping on the side, of course) were a source of excitement and break from island life.

Betty was a devoted Mariners fan, enjoying trips to Arizona for Spring Training, and Safeco Field to see them play.

Betty is survived by James McKenzie, her husband of 64 years, and her two daughters, Susan (Robert) Ferguson of Garfield, WA and Sally (Charles Stempler) McKenzie of Seattle, WA

It was Betty’s wish that there be no memorial service. An informal Friend and Family Gathering to remember Betty will be held at Wallin Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 15 from 3-5pm (wine time).

Two of Betty’s great passions were children and animals. The McKenzie family asks that memorials in her name be made out to Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation online at: https://waifanimals.org/donate/ or by mail to: WAIF P.O. Box 1108, Coupeville, WA 98239; or to the Special Olympics Washington online at: http://specialolympicswashington.org/ ; by phone: 1 (800) 380-3071; or by mail to: Special Olympics Washington 1809 7th Ave, Suite 1509, Seattle, WA 98101-4400.
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  • Service

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC
    Address
    1811 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Family and friends of Betty are invited to attend a gathering from 3-5 pm at Wallin Funeral Home.
  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Leaf Cemetery
    Address
    1961 NE 16th Ave
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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Affiliations

  • Navy League of United States

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Posted at 05:50pm
Sincere condolences to Capt. McKenzie and family. Betty was a fine, kind lady - a great mom, and excellent Navy wife. I have very good memories of her from my childhood during my dad's attachment with VA-52 as Jim's A-6 Intruder NFO-B/N. Prayers for comfort, from me and my spouse, are with you all. -- Kelly Siebecke Smithhart
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Grandma Betty will forever be in our hearts. Love always, Jeremy, Charlotte and Family
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Godspeed Betty! And thank YOU for taking care of so many of us for so long. Rest in Peace and know we are part of your wonderful legacy. Jamie & Amy
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Dear Mrs. Mckenzie, you blessed my life in many ways. Rick Dolan Sally, if you happen to read this, please call (575) 551-1685
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