Betty Callaghan McKenzie, 86, of Nemacolin, died Friday, December 14, 2007, in UPMC-Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh, surrounded by her family. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, 724-966-5100. BETTY J. CALLAGHAN MCKENZIE Active member of Our Lady of Consolation Church Betty J. Callaghan McKenzie, 86, a lifelong resident of Nemacolin, died Friday, December 14, 2007, surrounded by her family, after courageously battling numerous illnesses.
She was born January 14, 1921, the only child of Emmet and Mary O'Leary Callaghan.
A loving mother and grandmother, she was married to Christopher J. McKenzie, who died January 16, 1976.
Mrs. McKenzie trained as a registered nurse in St. Francis Hospital, Pittsburgh, and graduated from Fleming Business School in Uniontown and Cumberland Township High School. She was trained in voice elocution and piano, as well. She was a devout Catholic, attending daily Mass for more than 20 years, and served as church organist for many years.
She had been a member of Sodality, Catholic Daughters of America and Rosary Society. For five years, she was a member of Catholic Charities Board of Directors, representing Greene County parishes at monthly meetings in Pittsburgh with perfect attendance. In addition, for nearly eight years, she was a member of the Catholic Charities branch in Waynesburg.
Mrs. McKenzie was active all her life.
She was a nurse in the former State Youth Development Center, various hospitals, Mt. Macrina's Home for the Aged and other nursing homes. Prior to nursing, she was a writer for seven years for three newspapers.
She was a Boy Scout den mother for six years and a pianist for numerous pageant contestants and for various local productions.
Surviving are five children, attorney Mary Ursula McKenzie Zangrilli of Pittsburgh, Emmett McKenzie of Carmichaels, Margaret Caigan McKenzie of Carmichaels and twins Christopher McKenzie of Fairmont, W.Va., and Christine McKenzie of Nemacolin; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. McKenzie was a World War II veteran.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Lesako Funeral Home Inc., Carmichaels, where a 10:30 a.m. prayer service will be held Wednesday, December 19, followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady of Consolation Church with the Rev. John Bauer as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Crucible, with full military rites accorded by Carmichaels American Legion Post 400 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491. She will be laid to rest next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. McKenzie requested memorial donations be made to Our Lady of Consolation Church, St. Hugh Church, 408 Route 88, Carmichaels, PA 15320.