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Meet your neighbors

Sarah (Bunny) McKenzie


--Courtesy photo.

I am sitting here at my dining room table looking out the window as I prepare to write this column. My thoughts go back to May 24, 2016, the day we moved to Odessa. In my first Meet your neighbors column in November 2016, I mentioned the warmth and love we felt from the wonderful people in this town and how we felt welcomed as we got out into the community. The only thing that has changed from that time until now is that things are even better. Thank you again to our Odessa family for your love and support. We truly do love all of you.

The guest of honor this month is Sarah (Bunny) McKenzie. A lot of you already know her. I met Bunny through the quilt guild. She has lived in Odessa for three years, and she says she loves it here.

Bunny was born in Seligman, Ariz., where her father worked in construction in various towns throughout that state. At age 10, her family moved to Prescott, and after the death of her father they moved to Chino Valley, Ariz.

She met her first husband when she was 16. Bunny had fallen into a ditch and he happened along and lifted her out. He was in the military and eventually they married and had three children, two sons and one daughter. That marriage ended in divorce. Her son Howard Thrailkill lives in Rifle, Colo., son Marvin Thrailkill lives in Spokane and her beloved daughter Shirley has passed on.

Later in life she met and married Claud McKenzie. He was a retired mason, and in 1984 they bought 40 acres outside of Creston, Wash., where they built a log cabin and raised horses, goats and other animals. They eventually sold their place in Creston and moved to Davenport. A few years after Claud's passing, Bunny moved to Odessa.

Bunny is into crafts, card making, crocheting and using plastic canvases, just to name a few areas of interest. She is now in the process of hand-quilting a quilt.

So if you haven't met Bunny, mosey on down to the quilt shop some Wednesday afternoon and she might be there working on a project and you can enjoy the company of a sweet, kind lady.

Until next time, enjoy life!


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