Born November 15, 1925 in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, died Nov. 30, 2009 at St. Ann’s Residence in Victoria, B.C.
She entered the Sisters of St. Ann in 1945 and pronounced her vows on March 19, 1947.
Sr. Carmelita’s ministry was primarily in the field of Education. Over a span of 40 years as teacher and/or principal she taught students from grades 1- 12. This ministry brought her to many areas in the province of British Columbia. In Vancouver she taught at Little Flower Academy, Immaculate Conception, St. Anthony’s in West Van.; Our Lady of Lourdes in Coquitlam; St. Peter’s, New Westminster; St. Ann’s New Westminster; Sacred Heart, Prince George; KIRS, Kamloops; St. James, Vernon; Kuper Island, St. Ann’s, Duncan; Smith Memorial, Port Alberni; and in Victoria St. Patrick’s and St. Andrew’s schools. Summer Catechetical assignments included Nulato, Alaska. Sr. Carmelita served as community historian. The thesis title for her Masters of Education Degree from U.B.C. was, “History of St. Ann’s Academy, Vancouver, B.C. (1888- 1913). Carmelita worked in the SSA archives making important contributions in preserving history. In 1989 Sister Carmelita taught English in the Sister of St. Ann bilingual school in Port–au-Prince, Haiti. Sister’s love of music and her ability to play the organ served her well during her years of ministry and joy in her latter years.
The second of 10 children born to Michael MacKenzie and Mary Agnes Pickup, she is survived by her brother Michael MacKenzie, her sister Eunice MacKenzie, sister-in law Ellen Burns (Joseph), nieces, nephews, cousins, former students, friends and her own community of Sisters of St. Ann.
Prayers will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 3, 2009 @ St. Ann’s Residence, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria, B.C. The Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00a.m. on Friday Dec. 4, 2009 also at St. Ann’s Residence. Interment at Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood, B.C.