Neta Isabel McKenzie

March 30, 1923 ~ March 26, 2011

In the early hours of Saturday March 26th, Neta peacefully left us to rejoin her beloved husband, George.

Neta Isabel McKenzie was born March 30, 1923 in Sackville, New Brunswick. The daughter of Arthur and Maude Estabrooks. She was the youngest of eight children. Neta met R.C.A.F Airman George McKenzie in Moncton, New Brunswick. The happy couple were married on March 16, 1942 and moved to B.C. shortly after George’s service in World War II. While George continued his career in teaching, Neta became a practical nurse, working at Saint Mary’s in New Westminster as well as nursing homes in Kelowna.

Although Neta enjoyed residences in Burnaby and Kelowna, her favourite home was Surrey. It was there where she and George enjoyed their retirement, spending time together gardening, working in the yard, and caring for several pets. In addition to Neta’s commitment to her home and family, she had a great love of music and singing, leading her to join several choirs and attend numerous concerts throughout her life.

Neta will be forever missed by her daughters: Charlotte (Patrick) Senger, and Audrey (Jack) Gold; granddaughter, Carol (Drake) Rawlings; grandsons: Dan Senger (Inge), Patrick Senger, Jack Gold (Bobbi-Jo), Justin Gold (Ashley); great-granddaughters: Jamie Senger, Jayleene, Jeanna, Jaida, Journey, and Ally Gold, Great grandsons; Joe Rawlings, Daniel & Jesse Singer. Neta is also survived by several cousins, nephews, and nieces in N.B., P.E.I, and B.C. She is preceded in death by her husband, George in 1999 and siblings: Abner, Frank, Arthur, Ruby, Susie, Lina, and Audrey.

Neta’s strength, kindness, generosity, faith and loving ways will remain forever a part of us, in our memories and in our hearts.

Neta was carried to her final resting place, next to George, by her grandsons and great-grandsons on March 31, 2011 at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Surrey, B.C. Special thanks to the sixth floor nursing staff of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Memorial donations may be made to the local S.P.C.A.

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