McKenzie, Bernice

Bernice Lindquist McKenzie-Jones, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Bellingham, Washington. Bernice was born the middle daughter to Ernest and Bergliot Lindquist in Los Angeles, California. After her father’s death when she was eight, her family returned to Utah where she was raised. It was there that her mother married James Dinsdale and later gave birth to her dear brother, David. Bernice also lived throughout her married life in Honolulu, Anchorage, San Francisco, and enjoyed fifty years in her home in Bellevue until age ninety-one.

She attended Weber State College and married Fred McKenzie, her college sweetheart. Together they had two sons and three daughters. She and Fred shared a lifelong interest in health and physical fitness.

Bernice was known for cheerful disposition, her optimism, and her internal as well as her external beauty. She enjoyed singing, knitting, gardening, and baking. Bernice modeled and taught classes on grace and poise. Realizing it is never too late to pursue one’s dreams, she returned to college and graduated from BYU with her Master’s degree. In 1966 Fred passed away from cancer leaving her a widow until 1999 when she married Layton Jones. She and Layton enjoyed the twilight years of their lives together until he passed away in July of 2011.

Bernice was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held numerous leadership positions. She honorably served two missions for the Church-one in Tallahassee Florida, and the other in Salt Lake City on Temple Square. During her career, she worked for the Church as the girls’ counselor at the Church College of New Zealand and worked for the LDS Social Services, placing babies for adoption.

Honeymother, as she was dearly called by her grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, set a wonderful example of helping people in need. In 1979 she sponsored Sarourn and Savong Mom, a refugee couple who escaped their homeland during Cambodia’s genocide and became extended family. Teaching her grandchildren to be compassionate, she had them choose a charity for their birthday gift from her, and donated money in their name. She will be remembered for her legacy of love and her generosity to others.

She is survived by her children, Michael McKenzie (Marva), Patrick McKenzie (Elke), Heidi McKay (Iain), Wendy Wynne (Doug), Heather McKenzie Davidson (Bob), and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, Colleen Dinsdale, Barbara and Norman Tanner, her large extended family and many friends.

A memorial service will be held 12:00pm Saturday February 7th, at the LDS Chapel at 10675 NE 20th St., Bellevue, Washington 98004. In lieu of flowers, donate to your favorite charity in her memory.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Safe Harbor Funeral Service.

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