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MacKenzie, Dreda Ruth

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December 10, 1942 - October 11, 2021

MacKenzie, Dreda Ruth

Dreda Ruth MacKenzie passed away at home on Monday, October 11, 2021.  She was born on December 10, 1942 in Big Spring, Texas to parents Earl and Ruth Wilson.

Dreda will be deeply missed by her sons Keith MacKenzie of New Hampshire and Andrew MacKenzie and his wife Kathy MacKenzie of Alabama; her grand-children: Chandler MacKenzie of Connecticut, Keelan MacKenzie of New Hampshire, Sarah Pritchard (and Jake Pritchard) of Mississippi, and Ashley MacKenzie of Alabama; siblings: Rita Chapman of Odessa, Glenda Branaugh of Austin, Robert Wilson (and Dorothy) of Lubbock, and Jim Wilson (and Nancy) of Rowlette; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.   Dreda was predeceased by her parents and sister Beverly Weeks.

Dreda grew up in Big Spring and graduated from Big Spring High School.  In 1967, Dreda moved to Dallas where she married and started her family.  She eventually entered the work force and had a long and successful career working at companies such as the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), The Ronald Reagan Scholars Program, EDS, and Southland Corporation (7-Eleven).

Dreda had a strong relationship and love of God and the church.  She grew up attending the Baptist church in Big Spring and was very involved for many years with the Midway Hill Christian Church in Dallas.  Other than her love of God, Dreda loved her family above all else. But shortly behind her love for her family was her love of the Dallas Cowboys and her Texas Rangers.  She rarely ever missed a Cowboys game and there were very few missed Rangers games.  Additionally, she often enjoyed watching other Texas based sports including the Texas Longhorns and Texas Tech Red Raiders.  In general, Dreda loved Texas.

Dreda also loved spending vacations and holidays with family and friends.  Dreda traveled to many states and countries but one of her favorite places to travel to was Lake City, Colorado where she started vacationing as a small girl and continued through her life.  Times will not be the same without her funny comments, stories and personality.

A memorial celebrating her life will be held on Saturday October 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, TX 75234.

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Carolyn Rush

October 16, 2021 8:57AM

Dreda was my neighbor for many years. Always available if she thought there was a need. I will miss her. Condolences top Andy and Keith and all the family.

Judith Fugett

October 15, 2021 1:54PM

Dreda was an amazing person and friend. So much kindness and gentle soul.

Sharon Greer

October 15, 2021 12:52PM

I love Dreda very much and I am grateful she was my friend. I know how much she loved her family. May the grace of God be with them at this time. She was always there for me and I will miss her greatly.

Hazel Barber

October 15, 2021 12:17AM

Our deepest condolences to the MacKenzie family. You all will be in our prayers.

Marcell Byrd

October 14, 2021 10:17PM

Dreda and I became friends while working for the State of Texas in Austin. I’m glad to have known Dreda. She was a wonderful friend, a truly good person. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers for her family.

Lindy Haslett

October 14, 2021 6:55PM

Your Mom was a sweet woman who was always kind to me. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. I'm sorry for your loss.

Kelli Rodriguez

October 14, 2021 6:00PM

So blessed to have known her even though it was not long. She was such a caring person. She will be missed.

Kris Grove

October 14, 2021 1:18PM

Dreda was an amazing woman and I will miss her terribly. My heartfelt sympathies to her family.

Michael Fugett

October 14, 2021 11:28AM

Dreda was one the kindest person I have known.