Grace “Kewpie” McKenzie
July 17, 1931 ~ June 20, 2023

L. Grace “Kewpie” McKenzie stepped into the heavenly home her Savior prepared for her, and into the embrace of her adoring husband of 72 years, Bob McKenzie, along with their 4 children and grandson who preceded them in death. She was also welcomed by her parents Fred and Eva Pendergrass, brothers and sisters, and many friends who passed on before her.

Kewpie, as she was affectionately known by her family, grew up in Birchwood, and continued to the day she died to speak fondly of the “old home place” as she called it, and the people there. After marrying Bob, they moved to Chattanooga and eventually settled in East Ridge. She was a dedicated homemaker and a wonderful cook. There was always a good supper on the table. She attended Cedar Hill Baptist Church, which later became Heritage Pointe, until her health and the health of her husband prevented her from attending. In her early years at Cedar Hill, she worked with the children, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She made friends wherever she went.

Among those to cherish her memory are her daughter Angel (Stan) Miller, her grandchildren Sara, Nick, and Alex Miller, son-in-law Greg Whitson and his daughter Elizabeth. She will also be sadly missed by her devoted friend and honorary family member, Marilyn Ford, who did so much to help her and Bob in their final years. She delighted in spending time with her grandchildren and will be fondly remembered by her nieces, whose visits were highlights in her days.

Although she experienced a great deal of grief over the deaths of 2 of her children when they were young, and then 2 adult children and a grandson, she never gave up her faith, a quality that will always be admired by family and friends.

Kewpie, or Grace as some knew her in later years, was passionate about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and organizations helping veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests making a donation in her honor to these causes if you feel led.

The family would like to thank the compassionate staff of Rosewood in Fort Oglethorpe for their kind words and attentive care. Also, Hearth Hospice has been such a remarkable source of comfort and information. Special thanks to Megan, her hospice nurse along with the entire Hearth Hospice Staff.

The family will receive friends 1-2 PM, Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home, Battlefield Parkway. There will be a service in the parlor area at 2 PM officiated by Pastor Neil Brown.

Funeral Home in Charge

Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory
3239 Battlefield Pkwy
Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742
(706) 866-5400