|Year Born: 2015
Year Died: 1926
Darlene McKenzie, a longtime Troy area resident, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Whitman Senior Living Center in Pullman. She was 88.Darlene was born Nov. 2, 1926, at Gifford, Idaho, to Leo and Edith Waterer Messinger. She grew up on the family farm in the Cottonwood Creek area and attended elementary grades at the Magpie School. She then went to Culdesac, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. Darlene enrolled in the nursing program at Lewiston Normal School (now LCSC).
Darlene and Dan McKenzie were married on Jan. 6, 1945, at Seattle while he was in the Navy. Following Mr. McKenzie’s discharge from the service in 1946, they made their home on Cottonwood Creek until October of 1952 when they moved to a farm near Troy. They farmed in the Dry Creek area all of their lives. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile and attended the Bovill Community Presbyterian Church. They wintered in Arizona for many years beginning in 1972 and attended the Happy Trails Fellowship in Phoenix. She enjoyed crocheting and was an accomplished trap-shooter. She held the Idaho State Ladies championship from 1966-89, and was one of the first women to shoot competitively.
Mr. McKenzie died in November 2003 and she continued to live on the farm until 2009 when she moved to Clark House in Moscow and in 2012 to Whitman Senior Living Center in Pullman.
Surviving are her children, Daniel (Gloria) McKenzie of Troy, Donna Bigford of Moscow, Jeanie (Tony) Glaser of Troy and Debbie (Steve) Kirkland of Troy. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, Jeremy Bigford, Tiffany (Robert) Bentley, Lacey (Kyle) Meredith, Bradley (Nancy) Bigford, Brandon Bigford, Deborah McKenzie, Devin (Tammy) McKenzie, Darin (Sheena) McKenzie, Tammy (Jeff) Iverson, Patricia (Randy) Cheyne, Alicia (Shawn) Blacker, Steve (Melissa) Kirkland and Lindy (Guy) Wells, along with 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel Scott McKenzie, in 1976; a sister, Betty Jo Storey; and a brother, Leo “John” Messinger, Jr.