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Sylvia E. Henson McKenzie
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1934
Laurel County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 11, 2010
Umatilla County
Oregon, USA

PENDLETON Sylvia E. McKenzie, 76, of Pendleton died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, in a Pendleton hospital. A celebration of life gathering will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 in the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds.

Mrs. McKenzie was born Sept. 19, 1934, in London, Ky., to Russell and Pearl (McCracken) Henson. She was raised and educated in London.

After her schooling she married Vascoe Thomas. The family came to the Pilot Rock area in the mid 1950s. Four children were born to that marriage; which later ended. She then married Robert P. McKenzie, and the family moved to Pendleton in 1964. That marriage also ended.

While in Pendleton she had worked at Safeway for a time, and also at the area Red Cross before she began working for Comrie Oldsmobile in Pendleton. She continued working until her retirement shortly before her death.

Mrs. McKenzie is survived by stepmother Peggy Henson of London, Ky.; children Jerry Thomas of Nashville, Tenn., Michael Thomas of Granger, Ind., Richard Thomas of Pendleton and Sharon Schiller of Butter Creek; stepchildren Barbara Heiple of John Day City and Linda Witherrite, Kathy McClure, Randy McKenzie and Ron McKenzie, all of Pendleton; sister Vivian Gilbert and brother Erich Henson, both of London, Ky.; honorary children Deana Eckman and Matt Jensen; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in her death by her parents, and Rick Seitz.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. View the obituary or sign the online guest book at 
Note: Obit taken from the East Oregonian Oct 14, 2010
Created by: Kim & Bill Wilson
Record added: Oct 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60137079
Sylvia E. <i>Henson</i> McKenzie
Added by: Kim & Bill Wilson
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