1.JamesRobertMcKenzie, born 14 Mar 1929 in Vinton County, OH; died 05 Oct 2009 in Wilkesville, Vinton County, OH. He was the son of 2. LewisAllenMcKenzie and 3. SarahElizabethOiler. He married (1) EdithPridemore 03 Jun 1950 in Vinton County, OH. She was born 07 Mar 1930 in Floyd County, KY, and died 20 Mar 2004 in Mt. Carmel East, Columbus, OH (Franklin County). She was the daughter of Daniel Boone Pridemore and Dallas Pigman. He married (2) JudyMarieSalmons 15 Jan 2008 in McArthur, Vinton County, OH. She was born 19 Oct 1938 in Hamden, OH (Jackson County). She was the daughter of William Elbert Salmons and Katherine Watkins.
Notes for James Robert McKenzie:
McKENZIE Robert James McKenzie, 80, of Vinton, Oh., passed away Monday, October 5, 2009 at his residence. He was born March 14, 1929, in Minerton, Oh., son of the late Lewis and Sarah Elizabeth Oiler McKenzie. Robert was married to Judy Marie Salmons McKenzie, who survives. He retired from Rockwell in Columbus, was a Korean Air Force Veteran and a member of the Wilkesville Masonic Lodge. Robert is survived by sons, Patrick (Daniese) McKenzie of Indianapolis and Steve (Frank Patrick) McKenzie of Chicago; daughters, Judy (Ron) White of Littleton, Colo. and Sharon McKenzie of Erlanger, Ky.; a step-daughter, Kathy Branstetter of Marion, Oh.; a step-son, David McKenzie of Marion, Oh.; nine grandchildren, two step- grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and Bubba, Gracie and Tess. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Edith "Jackie" Pridemore McKenzie, brothers Pat, Henry and Alva McKenzie and sisters Elizabeth Shearer and Helen McKinniss. Friends may call at the GARRETT-CARDARAS FUNERAL HOME, 201 W. High St., McArthur, on Friday, October 9, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. with Masonic service being held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 10, 2009 in the Evans Funeral Home, 4171 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Oh. Interment will be in Obetz Cemetery, Columbus. Friends may call Saturday, in the Evans Funeral Home in Columbus from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Please sign his online guestbook at www.cardaras.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 7, 2009
NOTE: Robert changed his name from James R McKenzie to Robert James McKenzie when he joined the Air Force.
Notes for Edith Pridemore:
Have marriage certificate.
Columbus Dispatch - Edith "Jackie" McKenzie, age 74, Saturday, March 20, 2004, Mt. Carmel East Hospital. Survived by husband of 52 years, Robert; daughters, Judy (Ron) White and Sharon (Dave) Abney; sons, Patrick (Daniese) McKenzie and Steve (Frank Patrick) McKenzie. Grandchildren, Stephen, Kenton, John, Hayley, Marianne, Nathanael, Connor; sister, Mary (Charles) Garvin. Preceded in death by parents Daniel and Dallas Pridemore, sisters, Allene Allen, Dora and Leah Pridemore, brothers Robert, Arthur, and Ernie. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Evans Funeral Home, 4174 E. Livingston Ave., where service will be Tuesday 12 noon. Interment Obetz Cemetery.
EULOGY FOR EDITH MCKENZIE
Edith, Jackie, Mom, Grandma, Mckenzie was born the daughter of Daniel Boone and Dallas Pigman Pridemore on March the 7th, 1930, in Dema, Floyd County, Kentucky.
She was a sister to Robert, Arthur, Ernie, Dora (Dory), and Leah Pridemore and Allene Allen who preceded her in death. And is survived by sister Mary Garvin, (who is with us here today)She graduated from Wilkesville High School in 1949 at the top of here class. Later she moved from Vinton County, to the big city of Columbus, Ohio. Where she was employed by the Felber Biscuit Company baking cookies and crackers. While in Felber’s employ she rose to the rank of supervisor. A position she disliked because she did not like telling others what to do. A trait she seemed to overcome as she raised her four children.Then on June the 27th, 1952, before a Justice of the Peace, in a barbershop, in Wellston, Ohio she married her High School sweetheart Robert McKenzie. They then enjoyed a loving marriage for 52 years. From 1953 onward she undertook the raising of a family as her fulltime occupation. Her marriage union produced four children. Patrick Alan in 1953. Judy Lynn in 1956. Robert Steven in 1959. Then last but not least Sharon Annette in 1968.
From her four children, to date, have come seven grandchildren, Stephen Patrick McKenzie, Kenton Richard White, John Martin Mckenzie,Hayley Mckenzie White, Marianne Elizabeth McKenzie, Nathanael Andrew McKenzie and Connor James White. Plus two grand puppies Tess White and Gracie Abney
As I tried to think about how to describe the essence of her person I asked my children what they remembered most about their Grandma. Marianne said she remember her crazy laugh. John said he remembered the “Princess and the Pea” story. A variation of the traditional fairy tale that changed every time it was told and always ended in a bed wetting. This reminded me of her sense of humor she and my father brought to the family and passed on to all their children. To enjoy a laugh, most often at one anthers expense, was always a trait of our household. We never let her forget her reference to legendary Ohio State football coach “Wooly” Hayes or that the first ten amendments to the U.S. constitution were the “Law of the Land”. In later years this gave way to a good-natured ribbing as to who her favorite child was. Some feel that it was Sharon who got the new car for her High School graduation. I still secretly believe it was me because I was born with the naturally curly red hair. Stephen remembered looking out Grandma’s bedroom window into the trees to see what the world would hold for that day. This spoke to me of the fact that she in her very nature was a homebody. She was perfectly content to stay fairly close to her Rhoads Ave. address. However she was willing to travel to the end of the world for her children. And in case you didn’t know the end of the world is Laramie Wyoming. That’s were she traveled to watch Judy graduate from the University of Wyoming. Nathanael remembered Coke’s from McDonald’s. This spoke to me of the traditions she passed on. Now if you didn’t know it was a tradition in our family was to go out to eat at McDonald’s every Friday night. I don’t know what we did before McDonald’s came to town. But after they arrived every Friday night was McDonald’s night. And for Mom, even up to the very end, to have a fountain Coke from McDonald’s was one of the high points of her day.It was the small things that she did that made her unique. You know it isn’t Thanksgiving if there isn’t oyster stuffing in the turkey. As my brother Steve related the other day, pineapple upside down cake baked in her cast iron skillet. He says he didn’t know there was any other way to make it and went and bought a cast iron skillet just for that purpose. So many small things she did that continually reminded us of who she was and what she believed in.
Edith, Jackie, Mom, Grandma McKenzie passed from this earth a few minutes before 7:00 am, on Saturday March the 20th, 2004. She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed. But Mom as you behold the face of your Savior please say a prayer for us who remain that we may join you in heaven when we reach the end of our days.