Esther M. McKenzie

Jan 30th, 1923 - Jan 5th, 2018


Rose Hill Cemetery

Tue, Jan. 9th, 2018 10:30 AM ~ 11:00 AM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Tue, Jan. 9th, 2018 11:00 AM


Rose Hill Cemetery

Tue, Jan. 9th, 2018

Esther M. McKenzie

Marion- Esther M. McKenzie, 94, of Marion, passed away at 12:08 AM, Friday, January 5, 2018 at Westside Rehab and Care Center in West Frankfort.

Esther was born on January 30, 1923 in Crab Orchard to Roy and Mamie (Stahlhut) Cox. She married Clair McKenzie and together they shared 47 wonderful years together. He preceded her in death in 1987.

She retired from retail sales. She worked at many local clothing stores like Sohn’s and Zwick’s in Herrin and Albright’s in Marion.

Esther was protestant and formerly attended Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Marion. She volunteered her time with the ladies auxiliary of Marion Memorial Hospital and later Heartland Regional Hospital. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing (she was a talented seamstress) and being outside working in the yard.

Survivors include-

Son in law- Dave McDonough of Marion
3 grandchildren:
Leslie Ann Bove and husband Matthew of San Francisco, CA
Brett Beiner and wife Roberta of Burr Ridge, IL
Meggen Mack of Geneva, IL
3 great grandchildren:
Jeremy and Jordon Mack
Luca Bove
Nephew- Donnie Stewart and wife Monica of West Frankfort
Nephew- Jim Cox of Texas
Sister in law- Helen Cox of Memphis, TN
Great niece- Molly Brown and husband Matt
Great nephew- Jake Cox and wife Tiffany

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Daughters- Mavis McDonough and Lynn McKenzie, brother- Jack Cox and sister- Janet Kline.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Rev. Carl Masiti will officiate. Inurnment will follow. Graveside memorial arrangements were made at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home/ 800 N. Market St./ Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Bonnie Darter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2018

    Esther was such a nice lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her when I seen her somewhere.
    Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Guest: Jim Cox

    From: St. Louis, Missouri

    Date: January 7, 2018

    I remember a beautiful step-cousin as part of a great family. Her dad was Uncle Roy who owned the barbershop in Crab Orchard after buying it from my grandfather Ed Cox.

  • Guest: Maria Rose

    From: Warrensville hts., Ohio

    Date: January 8, 2018

    We are never prepared for death so please find comfort in knowing sickness, pain and death will one day be no more for this has been promised to us. So please accept my condolences for your loss. ISAIAH 33:24, PSALMS 115:16.

    Maria Rose

  • Guest: Janel Angell

    From: O’fallon , Illinois

    Date: January 8, 2018

    What a lovely woman. She and Clair were good friends with my parents, Jack and Verna Angell. I always enjoyed going on visits to their home when I was a child. My condolences to the family