Barbara H. MacKenzie

Date of Passing:

January 1, 2022

MacKenzie, Barbara H., 91, of Barrington, died peacefully with family present on January 1, 2022. She was the widow of Brenton H. MacKenzie, Jr. They had been married for 52 years.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Harry and Lillian (Burke) Ashton, Barbara lived in Barrington for 65 years.

Barbara is survived by her daughter, Nancy MacKenzie, and her husband, Myles M. Pickar, of Cranston, as well as a grandson, Daniel M. Pickar, DMD, and his fiancée Danielle Boucher of Cranston.

Barbara was predeceased by her siblings Robert, Harry, James, Violet Winn, Minnie Noreiko, Virginia Marks, and Edith Pomeranski. Barbara is survived by her younger brother, Charles Ashton of Swansea, Massachusetts.

Barbara worked as a Data Entry Operator for the State of Rhode Island in the Department of Employment Security for 35 years before retiring in 1981.

She had a deep love of family. Her grandson, Dan, was her pride and joy. She enjoyed cooking, was always up for a shopping spree, and loved to iron clothes, which she could do for hours!

Barbara was called “Bunky” by many. Until recently she was still out enjoying life, meeting new people and always complimenting whomever she met along the way. Her zest for life was remarkable.

“Bunky” had a plucky independence and a sharp wit. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10 a.m. in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside, Rhode Island. Calling hours will be from 9-10 a.m. Burial will follow in Prince’s Hill Cemetery, County Road, Barrington.

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  1. I worked with Barbara for many years and always did our jobs but had fun while doing so. Just found out today of her passing. So very sad to hear. Will always remember her with fond memories. This obit needs a correction. The dod is 2023. Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  2. So very long ago, but cannot forget the many dinners with the Ashton Family. We
    were always welcome. A very special family. “Bunky” was always smiling and happy. Great memories……a great family!

  3. I was so sad to hear of Barbara’s passing. I lived next door to her for years. She was such a caring and generous woman. After reading her obit, I can see that she was lovingly welcomed into heaven ❤️

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