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MacKenzie, Jean Grimes



If you wondered why you found this woman interesting...

Jean, the youngest child of Sara and Ransom Grimes, was born in Frog Creek, Washburn County, Wisc. on Dec. 1, 1922. She attended the Chittamo School until her parents lost their farm to foreclosure during the Depression in 1932. They sold their farm equipment and most possessions to buy a Model A and a flat-bed trailer, and drove over gravel roads to Bellingham, Wash., where some of her father’s siblings and her grandfather, a Civil War veteran, had relocated.

Jean graduated from Mt. Baker High School at 16 years of age, attended Success Business College, and worked at Union Printing Company.

After an unsuccessful marriage to Stanley Anderson, with military sojourns in Winterhaven, Fla., and Oklahoma City, she returned to Seattle to do office work for Pinkerton’s, which provided armed guards for military ships in port.

In 1948 Jean was hired as a clerk/stenographer by the Employment Security Commission in Juneau, Alaska, and in 1949 became the assistant, and then the associate secretary to the Territorial Governor of Alaska, Ernest Gruening. After the change of administration in 1953, Jean worked briefly for the Bureau of Public Lands.

In 1953, she married the love of her life, Rod MacKenzie, a dentist who was in the Public Health Service, whom she had met while he was serving in the Alaska Territorial Senate. She worked as a part-time Public Health Service employee for five years assisting Rod in setting up dental health clinics for Alaska Native Americans and traveled with Rod to provide dental services and encourage education in dentistry in remote Alaska regions.

In 1958 Jean and Rod moved to Rod’s family home on the Saanich Peninsula near Victoria, B.C. and Jean worked as Rod’s assistant in his private dental practice there and in Victoria until Rod’s death in 1972. In 1977, Jean moved to Bellingham to provide care for her mother Sara in her final years.

In 1967 Jean joined a PEO chapter in Victoria and remained active and instrumental in promoting educational assistance to young women.

From 1986 to 1990 Jean did seasonal work as a front desk clerk in Death Valley at the Furnace Creek Inn and Stove Pipe Wells. In the winter of 1989, she was a senior legislative intern in the Washington State legislature in Olympia.

Jean moved to Leisure World in Seal Beach, Calif., in 1990, and in 1992 started part-time clerical work in the Leisure World/Golden Rain Foundation offices, which she continued until age 84.

Jean took up golf at age 50, and, while at Leisure World, won the Women’s Golf Championship at age 70, and won the tournament for the fifth time at age 79. Jean recorded a number of hole-in-ones on the Leisure World course – her 11th in October 2012 at the age of 89.

During her 22 year residence in Leisure World she was active in the Women’s Golf Club, the PEO Sisterhood, the Historical Society and the Cribbage Club.

After her diagnosis with a terminal cancer in April 2013, Jean returned to the Seattle area to be with her extended family in her final months. During this family time, Jean wrote brief memoirs of her childhood, life, and marriage, which her extended family treasures along with the many conversations of what Jean termed “My Miracle Year.”

Jean passed peacefully on Oct. 31, 2013.

Jean was predeceased by siblings Ruth Schindeldecker, Kern Grimes, Helen Reimer and Margaret Jepsen.

She and is survived by a sister, Dorothy Sloan, Far Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

At Jean’s request, there will be no service. The family suggests a donation to a favorite charity in Jean’s name as a suitable memorial.

—paid obituary


Hose, Jack H.

Jack. H. Hose, Mutual 11, passed away Nov. 6, 2013.

He leaves his wife, Betty, of 64 years; two daughters, Jo Ellen and Betsy; and four grandchildren.

A military graveside service was held Nov. 11 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations should be sent to the Leisure World American Legion Post 327, c/o Larry Norlander, 1690 Interlachen Road, 42-C, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, to be used to benefit the veterans at the Long Beach Veterans Medical Center.




In Memoriam

Jolene King 73

Edith Blakewell 90

John Forrest 67

Jerome Wallace 64

Maria Brewer 89

Albert Zeller 90

Rosalie Helm 75

Blanche Barnaby-Nied 92

Tom Steele 46

Aaron Castellon 46

Suzanne George 68

Joseph Fair Sr 58

Omar Zarate Avila 30

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary