Mary Elizabeth Mackie’s sun set for the final time on the morning of Dec. 19, 2020, but her gleaming light will be with her family and many friends forever. She passed just a week before Christmas and our only comfort is that she went peacefully in her sleep. She was 92.
Mary E. (Hall) Mackie, born Oct. 2, 1928 in Wise, Virginia, was a devoted wife; beloved mother; adored grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, step-mother and animal rescuer.
Mary was predeceased by the love of her life, USMC Veteran, James C. Mackie Sr., by 47 years (1920-1973). He was stationed at Pendleton c.1940 and served in the South Pacific before returning to Michigan, where they met in Ann Arbor. Together they had six children and three children from his previous marriage. They eventually settled in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
After James’ passing, Mary raised her minor children solely on her own. She was a great mother as she was a very loving and generous soul. She knew the meaning of hard-work, honesty and charity. Her favorite things were her family, her rescued cats, her roses, clouds, trees, mountains and Chinese cuisine.
In 1997, Mary moved from Illinois to Coronado to join her daughter, Kimberly.* In retirement, she found her calling in rescuing feral cats roaming Coronado. Mary continued to garden and attended the Coronado Flower show annually. She loved to cook and share her creations with her new-found friends on Sundays at Concerts in the Park. Mary cherished walks on the beach, sea shell hunting and lunch at the Del. She left her heart in Coronado.
Mary lived most of her life with her daughter, including the last 22 years. She was cared for with love and devotion by her only daughter through many health issues. Mary was blessed and comforted with love, words of comfort and soft caresses until the very last moments of her life.
Mary is survived by her six children, three step-children, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren and many friends. A memorial service will be held in the future, where her ashes will be spread in the mountains per her wishes.
*As her daughter, I would like to thank those who befriended her in Coronado. My Mother was my life, my world, my best friend, my housemate, my inspiration, my hero, and I will miss her terribly. ~Kim Mackie