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Lake Forest Resident was Devoted to Protecting Nature, Open Land

Deborah Williams MacKenzie is dead at age 74.

Lake Forest Resident was Devoted to Protecting Nature, Open Land


A former past president of , Deborah Williams MacKenzie devoted much of her time to protecting nature and open spaces as part of her passion for the outdoors.

The Lake Forest resident passed away May 11 at the age of 74.

She also sat on the Illinois and Wyoming Nature Conservancy Boards, the National Parks and Conservation Board, the , and was a member of the Garden Club of America. She was also active with the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Captiva Island Historical Board, a trustee of the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., the Contemporary Club of Chicago, and the

Mackenzie is survived by her husband, David Odell MacKenzie, and her four children - Douglas, Marion (Roger W. Christoph), Carolyn (Harley Stimmel), and David (Casey Phillips).

She is the daughter of the late Albert D. Williams, Sr. and the late Louise Metcalfe Williams of Lake Forest. Her brother, Albert D. (Joyce) Williams, Jr., also preceded her in death.

She was also grandmother of Henry, Tommy, Gordon, Laura, Elizabeth, and James Christoph; Steven, Jake, Russell, and Joe Mac Stimmel; and Harper and Evan MacKenzie.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. May 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 E. Sheridan Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent to: Horizon Hospice, 833 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622.

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