Mary Amanda “Mandy” McKenzie, 89, of Monmouth, formerly of Galesburg, died at 5:50 P.M. Friday, April 12, 2013 at the Monmouth Nursing Home.
She was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Mercer County, IL the daughter of T.L. and Josie Ellen (Dorothy) Morford. She was raised and educated in Mercer and Knox Counties graduating from Abingdon, High School in 1942 and later attending Milliken University.
Mandy married William H. Harris in Knox County in 1945. She later married John A. McKenzie in Monmouth in 1971 and he died in 1995.
Mandy taught school in Mercer Co. for a few years before becoming at full time homemaker, then later she worked in the office at Gambles in Monmouth until her retirement.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monmouth and volunteered for several years at the Cottage Corner in Galesburg. She loved to cook, bake, sew, read and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include her 3 children, Mary Jo (Karl) Reynolds of Alexis, Il, Jacki S. (Jim) Ratledge of Charleston, SC, and John W. (Kay) Harris of Beaufort, SC; step-daughter, Ann McKenzie of Galesburg; 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; step-brother, Richard McClelland of Naperville, IL; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Wallace Morford; sisters, Marjorie Sanderson and Dorothy Jean Bartlett.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Monmouth with Rev. Jon Sims officiating. Friends may call Tuesday morning at the church where her family will be present one hour prior to the services. Cremation will take place following the funeral service. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Monmouth or the Monmouth Ecumenical Singers. McGuire & Davies Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements, 309-734-6008.