Elizabeth (Bessie) McKenzie

May 16, 1926 to November 15, 2021


It is with great sadness that her family announces the passing of Elizabeth Dorcas McKenzie (nee Walsh), known to many as Aunt Bess.

Predeceased by her husband Edwin McKenzie; her parents Issac and Esther Walsh (nee Knott) and brothers Lorne, Tom, Steve, Jim and Wallace.

Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her children Rubena, Ernest (Betty), Elizabeth Kennedy (Joe) and Beverly House (Rod). Grandchildren Athena (Robert), Mark (Lori) and Kurt (Jessica); Todd and Kirk House; Jason (Nicole) and Tim Kennedy (Jessica). Great-grandchildren Chloe, Sophie, Finley, Owen, Nash, Wyatt, Luke, Jade, Hannah, Riley, Sophia and Jackson. Sisters Kate (Max) and Sarah (Heber), as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Whether it was at home or as the cook at the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital and at Killdevil Lodge, Aunt Bess found great joy in feeding those around her — family, friends and strangers. Throughout her life, she embodied the idea that “food is love.” As such, in lieu of flowers, a donation in her memory may be made to The Gathering Place or a food bank of one’s choice.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will take place in the spring when her family can gather together.




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We just heard about your mother’s passing.. She was such a beautiful lady on the inside and out. May she rest in peace with the angels above. She will always hold a special place in our hearts and Thoughts. God bless her family and friends. May she RIP.
Love Lorraine and Christine

Rubina, Ernest, Betty and Bev,
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We are so sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

A most wonderful woman! There was no bigger heart than Aunt Bess! Such a loss to humanity! Rest In Peace my sweet lady! Sadie is with you now!♥️🙏🏻

Wayne joins me in sending deepest condolenses on the passing of dear Aunt Bess.She was a woman of substance who spread love and good food endlessly.
Aunt Bess was loved by all who had the good fortune to have met her . Louise and I had the priviledge of being grand nieces so Aunt Bess was part of the village who raised us. She will be sadly missed and long remembered.
With love to all the family

Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time .

Judy Gulliver

Rubina, Ernest, Bev and Betty,
Bessie was a wonderful person, I was blessed to have stayed with her and her family while I was in university. We had so many games of 120’s after supper and we had some great laughs at all of her stories about life in Lomond, and in Norris Point. My thoughts are with everyone in the family at this difficult time. She lived such a wonderful life and will be missed.

Elizabeth, Joe and all family of Bessie McKenzie;
Leo and I are deeply saddened to hear of Bessie’s passing. She was a dear in every way. You had her for a good long time, but not quite long enough. I’m sure your hearts are broken. Bessie in her truest form would want you to be sharing a story, a laugh or a hug right now. Leo and I are thinking of you and sending our heartfelt condolences.

Much love from Aletha and Leo

Sincere condolences to you on the passing of your mother. thinking of you.
May her gentle soul rest in peace

Elizabeth , Joe , Rubena and family I am so sorry for your loss . Bessie was a lovely women . My thoughts are with you all . Sending my deepest condolences .

To All of Bessie’s Family
Wayne and I are so so sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. She was a beautiful, kind, and gentle lady.
I remember staying with her and Rubena a few times in St. john’s, and she treated me like one of her own children. She always cooked and made sure you over ate! She always had that beautiful smile on her face which often made me wonder what she was
thinking! When defining “Mother”, Bessie would be one of the first people to come to your mind. Sincere condolences to the family.

Rubena, Elizabeth and Joe. In the time that I spent in Bessies presence, I was amazed at her love of life. I quickly learned why working with Elizabeth was such a pleasure. Bessie’s influence shone. Each time I drove past Summerville Plaza I wondered what she was accomplishing today, I regret not visiting recently. During my recent struggles, I would meet Elizabeth at Sobeys with a hug from her and Bessie. Our hugs were often in the vegetable aisle. One afternoon I awoke to a trinket at the HSC saying ‘Aloe there my friend’’ I honestly didn’t know who it was from. It was Elizabeth,. There are no words. My heart breaks for you all. 🥰

My deepest condolences to all the family. She was a wonderful lady!

So sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. What a wonderful lady. Susan and I rented our first home from her in 1983 and she was so pleased to be able to renovate one of the rooms for our baby son Matthew. She could never do enough for us and we were so grateful to have her in our lives.
Our condolences to all her family. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of her and God Bless

Betty and Bev; my heartfelt condolences in the loss of your Mom. She was a joyful soul indeed.. and tho I’m sure you have endless wonderful memories, saying goodbye to our Mom is no easy task. Let those memories keep you strong. I’m thinking if you as you face the days and weeks ahead & saying a little prayer to keep you strong. God bless you all…❤️

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing Betty and Beverly. Sending all sincere condolences.

So sorry to hear of Bessie’s passing. She was a very sweet lady. Condolences to all the family.

Deepest sympathy to each of you! My second family💕God in heaven has gained the sweetest angel ever.🙏She always told me I was same as her own child, (Elizabeth’s sister), and treated me likewise. Bessie was nanny to out son and grandkids and we will miss her dearly but precious memories of her will live in our hearts forever.

Elizabeth, so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. Sending you warm hugs and prayers to you and your family..

Elizabeth and family.
So sad to hear about your mom. Our thoughts are with you. Keep you good memories close those memories will help you get through the days ahead

Sincere condolences on your Mom’s passing..Thinkinkig of you at this sad time.

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Your Mom was such a beautiful Lady. We had many great times working together. May she rest in peace.

Beverley so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family.

To Sadie & Kate
So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Our condolences to you. Those we love, never leave us they walk beside us every day.

Rubena, Betty & Ernest sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our sympathy and prayers are with you..

Rubena, Ernest, Elizabeth and Beverley. So sorry to hear of Aunt Bess’s passing. Wonderful memories of her from Killdevil Lodge. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Rubena so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you and all your family during this time. You’ll have her in your heart and memories always.

Thinking of you all and remembering you mom with much love. I have many fond memories of her as a very kind and cheerful woman.

My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Rubenia, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Condolences to your family.

So very sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.

So sorry for your loss, Our condolences to the family.

To Elizabeth and family… so sorry for your loss. My heart is with you all. She was such a nice lady. She will be missed and never forgotten.

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.🙏

To all the family
So sorry for her passing
She was such a sweet person
We met her at bingo
And had great times there with her
May she Rest In Peace Amen
Larry and Margie Tucker

Our deepest condolences to you and your family, your Mom was a beautiful, amazing lady, and loved by all who had the privilege to know her. Whenever we went to your house as kids, we always felt like we were home because that is how your Mom made us feel,sending you all our love and prayers