Jacqueline “Jackie” MacKenzie, 91, of Elkhart died November 17, 2022 at Elkhart General Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Bob (Denice) MacKenzie of Denver, Colorado, daughter, Leigh Ann (Kevin) Dolan of Atlanta, Georgia, and three grandchildren, Ryan (Jacqueline Van De Velde) Dolan, Erin (Peter) Nickalls, and Brett (Allison Hostetler) Dolan. Also surviving is a brother, Martin (Bobbi) Stover of Dayton, Ohio, nephews and a niece. She is predeceased by her spouse, Gordon G. MacKenzie and her parents, Luther and Reva Stover.
Jackie graduated from Elkhart High School and Indiana University. At IU, she was the first female Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook, the Arbutus. Upon graduation, Jackie taught elementary grades in Whittier, California, Seattle, and Indianapolis. Her minor degree in art led to a lifelong love of painting. She was a member of The Elkhart Art League (President and Instructor), The Midwest Museum of American Art, St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society, Northern Indiana Pastel Society, Northern Indiana Artists (Life Member), Elkhart Gallery Artists (co-founder), and Chairman of several Leeper Park Art Fairs in South Bend. Her paintings appeared in many juried exhibits, including two paintings sent to Russia to be included in a show sponsored by the Union of Russian Woman and Association of Moscow Women Artists. Her paintings are a part of the permanent collection of the Lerner Theater and the Midwest Museum of American Art. She loved painting with friends on location and being inspired by the beauty of the landscape.
Jackie also enjoyed genealogy, spending years researching and writing about her ancestors. She was a member of the Elkhart County Genealogy Society and a member of the William Tuffs Chapter of DAR, and First Families of Franklin for original pioneer families of Tennessee.
Jackie was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Elkhart, serving as teacher, deacon, elder, and co-founder of POGO (Presbyterians on the Go), a senior adult ministry. She was also a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, Tri Kappa Sorority, PEO, Coeur de Cerf, and charter member of the Wellfield Botanic Gardens. Her favorite affiliation, however, was “Sew & Tell,” a group of longtime friends who met weekly for over 60 years to sew, knit, discuss problems, share a laugh, and provide support to one another through life’s ups and downs.
Funeral services will be at 11am November 29, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Beardsley, Elkhart. Friends may visit with the family starting at 10am at the church prior to the service. Internment at Rice Cemetery will be at a later date. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46516, https://www.midwestmuseum.org/donate/, First Presbyterian Church of Elkhart, 200 E. Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514, or https://www.presby.net/give/ or Hubbard Hill Retirement Community, 28070 CR 24 West, Elkhart, IN 46517, https://hubbardhill.org/giving/
Midwest Museum Of American Art
429 South Main Street, Elkhart IN 46516
First Presbyterian Church
200 E. Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart IN 46514
Hubbard Hill Retirement Community
28070 County Road 24, Elkhart IN 46517