Addie Mary MacKenzie, age 81, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Arlington, died peacefully on March 2, 2017, with her family at her side.
Addie was born in Boston, MA on August 27, 1935; she was the beloved daughter of the late Donald V. and Carrie (McKenzie) MacKenzie. Addie was raised in Watertown and Wilmington as a young girl before her family moved to Somerville; Addie graduated Somerville High School with the Class of 1954.
Addie went to work for “Ma Bell” as an operator in Arlington and then worked in Boston for many years; throughout the years she witnessed and was involved in the ever-changing worldof telephone and communications. Addie was a very diligent and faithful employee of the telephone company as it changed to AT & T and then Verizon; she retired following 38 dedicated years of service to the company.
As an adult, Addie moved to Arlington where she lived for nearly 45 years and made many friends. Addie was a woman of great faith and an active communicant of St. Agnes Church in Arlington for many years; when she moved to Tewksbury she quickly became a member of St. Williams Church where she loved to attend Mass for the past nine years.
Addie was known to be very charitable to various organizations throughout the years. She gave to countless causes but her passion was to help people get their lives back on track with the wonderful work she did at AA for more than 30 years. Addie was all about helping others and making a difference in their lives; she wanted everyone to succeed and overcome their addictions.
In her spare time Addie enjoyed watching “The Young and The Restless” and going out to eat with her family and friends. Addie was an AVID fan of the Boston Red Sox and she followed them diligently through the years. Addie also took the time to send out countless greeting cards for every holiday throughout the year not only to her family and friends but also to her friends children; she never wanted to leave anyone out.
In her younger years, Addie was very talented at knitting and crocheting; she made many gifts for her family through the years that will be passed down from generation to generation.
Addie will be fondly remembered for her kindness and compassion towards everyone; she had a big heart and loved her family and friends dearly; she will forever be missed by all.
Addie was the beloved daughter of the late Donald V. and Carrie MacKenzie, dear sister of Ralph M. MacKenzie of Wilmington, Agnes M. Gentile & her husband Raymond of Dracut, the late Donald F. MacKenzie and Gwendolyn Parsons. Loving Aunt of Scott & Shannon MacKenzie and their children Ryan & Owen, Kristen & David Turner and their children Kaitlyn & Sydney, Mark Gentile and his daughter Chelsea. Addie is also survived by several cousins and friends.
Family & friends will gather at St. Williams Church, 1351 Main St. (Rte. 38) Tewksbury, on Tuesday, March 7th for Visitation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers donations in Addie’s memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington, MA.