Carol MacKenzie was an ice-cream-for-dinner kind of person. A BS-on-the-porch-in-your-robe-all-day kind of person. Never one for formalities, the vision many of us have of her is her in her robe, offering a chocolate or Diet Pepsi, ready to beat you in Scrabble. She enjoyed sharing what she loved with the people she loved; a beautiful family and eBay empire with her husband, long late night phone calls & chocolate shakes with her sisters, shopping and Doves with her daughters, NY Giants football Sunday and Lake House projects with her sons-in-laws and "slug days" playing gin rummy with her grandchildren. Carol had ideas about how to live life and she shared these with us too: no fighting, keep laughing, don't worry so much, always be ready to yell BINGO, and eat more chocolate.
Carol was interested in people's lives (and she wasn't afraid to ask). She liked to know where people and objects came from, how they lived and what their legacy would be. It was fun to talk to her. She had always just learned something new that she wanted to share--and you just never knew exactly what that was going to be. She loved knowing the stories of people and things, a love which made her a lifelong collector, proud snoop sister and amateur genealogist.
Born in St. Albans Queens, the oldest of four sisters, she never lost that Queens spunk nor her big sister instincts of telling people what they should do. You certainly never had to wonder what was on her mind, just as you never had to wonder if she loved you. She was all personality. Carol had a lot of ideas about how to live life, because she had lived a very good one.
Carol is survived by, her daughters; Susan Lappin and her husband John, Debra Abrams and her husband Jay and Nancy Kottmann and her husband Peter, her grandchildren; Matthew, Susan, Megan, Kaitlyn, Jessica, Jennifer, Stephanie and Melissa, her great grandchildren; William, Samuel, Connor, Aria, Lauren and Ryan, her sisters; Selma Flannery and Cathy Cathey. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon and her dear sister Susan DiNapoli.
Family will receive visitors on Monday, August 1st 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Raynor & D'Andrea Funeral Home 245 Montauk Hwy. West Sayville. A chapel service will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: http://www.beovaryaware.org or Lakeland Hospice House 3450 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33805.
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