Elinor Mae, the first child of Ernest and Hazel Heslop, was born at Crystal Hill in the Avonlea District of Sask. on July 17, 1920. She passed away in Estevan, Sask. on November 3, 2017.
Elinor is survived by her loving family, Karen (Wayne) Daniels, Kathy (Dale) Elford, Ernest (Ann) MacKenzie, Darla (Jim) Dyck and Graeme (Kirsten) MacKenzie; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; in-laws, Margaret Aspinall, Malcolm and Auriel MacKenzie and Eileen Heslop and numerous extended family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Hazel and Ernest Heslop; husband Raymond MacKenzie; grandson Kyle MacKenzie; siblings Naoma and George Paull, Jim Heslop, Teenie and Frank Gall and Art Aspinall; daughter-in-law Carrie MacKenzie and granddaughter-in-law Leanne Daniels.
Elinor’s early years were spent in Moose Jaw, Sask. After attending Bible School in Grenfell, Sask. she did church work at various places including Torch River Sask. where she met Raymond MacKenzie. Elinor and Ray were married on May 18, 1943 at the Harris farm at North Portal, Sask. They ministered together in various places, always returning to the farm at North Portal. She continued ministering in Bible classes, VBS, summer camps, 4-H, and community college knitting and crocheting classes up until the age of 80.
Elinor moved to Estevan in 2004 and continued to enjoy handcrafts, friendships, playing games and family visits. Her life and influence will long be remembered by those who knew her.
Visitation was held on November 8, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan. The Committal Service was held on November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Portal Cemetery, followed by the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of God, Estevan. Pastor Walter Engel officiated. A reception followed at the church.
If friends so desire, donations in Elinor’s memory may be made to The Gideons International in Canada, PO Box 3619, Guelph, ON, N1H 7A2 or the Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary, 1921 Wellock Road, Estevan, SK, S4A 2B5 or a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.