Olive Maxine McKenzie, age 94, of Independence, Kansas formerly of Elk City, Kansas passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at Montgomery Place in Independence, Kansas. Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas. Memorial may be made to Community Christian Church and may be left with the Chapel.
Olive was born on September 18, 1922 in Cherryvale, Kansas to Don and Maude (Coyner) McConnell. She attended school in Cherryvale, Kansas and Altamont, Kansas. Olive obtained a teaching certificate. She taught school in the Elk Falls, Kansas area for several years. Olive met her future husband while teaching. She married Robert McKenzie on September 18, 1945 in Cherryvale, Kansas. She was a substitute teacher in the Elk City, Kansas Grade Schools until she started a family. Later in life Olive owned a grocery store in Elk City, Kansas. She also was a Proof Reader for City Publishing Company of Independence, Kansas retiring in 1985. Olive enjoyed her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Olive was a member of Gingham Apron Club and her Quilting Club. She spent a lot of time cooking, reading and quilting.
Olive was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four sisters, and two brothers. Survivors include two children, Robert (Pam) McKenzie, and Clara June McKenzie; two grandchildren, Angie (Drew) Achong, Robert Jason McKenzie; two great-grandchildren, Kristina and Kale’a Achong; two sisters, Donna Williams and Nadine Gardepe. Online condolences can be left to the family by going to www.pottsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Potts Chapel of Independence
We're so sorry to learn of Aunt Olive's passing...Great remembrances of her and Uncle Billy. We weren't able to visit a lot over the years with work and busy lives etc. We still have a cookbook and a few little items that she made..She lived to a great age. We would certainly like to have a few funeral brochures if there are any available. We're sending our sympathy to all of the family.
Brian and Sherry and Kim and Kurt O'BrienHutchinson, KS
My Condolences to Family and Friends. Mrs. McKenzie as well as her husband Bob where/are icons of Elk City. Always will remember the McKenzie store growing up and buying bubble gum for a cent and a bottle of pop for 10 cents 12 cents if ya took the bottle but used to collect the bottles people would throw out and take to the store and get two cents for each and buy more bubble gum. God Bless Her Soul and Rest in Peace.
James E FosterColorado Springs, Colorado / Elk City, Kansas, CO
So sorry about your mom bob amd pam
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love you <3
Goltz FamilyTopeka, KS