- 66 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 31, 1950
- Place of birth:
Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 7, 2016
- Place of passing:
Concord, New Hampshire, United States
Heather Makechnie, 66, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, 7 June 2016.
Born 31 March 1950, she was the daughter of the late Alice and Dan Fogg. Sister of Leslie Kellenbeck, Mark Fogg, Sherwood Fogg and Sonia Fogg. Beloved wife of Arthur Makechnie. Devoted mother of six sons: Steven and spouse Tiffany, Seth and spouse Vincent, Gregor and spouse Amy, Brendaen and spouse Jill, Glenn and spouse Kim, and Ian Makechnie. Adoring grandmother of 17 grandchildren: Rayana, Alana, Johnny, Jessica, Roman, Cope, Nelson, Brynne, Paige, Hailey, Chloe, Ella, Grace, Tate, Finn, Kenna and Taryn.
A life-long learner, Heather returned to college after raising her sons, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire, Manchester in 2005.
Fueled by conviction that community would crumble without volunteerism, she enthusiastically committed years of service to: the American Red Cross, Andover Emergency Medical Services Franklin Area Lions Club, Community Emergency Response Team, Central New Hampshire Medical Reserve Corps, Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry, as a reader at Woodcrest Village and to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Primary President, Visiting Teacher, Compassionate Service Coordinator and Activity Girls Leader.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Saturday, 11 June at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 90 Clinton Street, Concord, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Twin Rivers Food Pantry, 237 Central Street, Franklin, NH 03235.
"I am so sorry for your loss. Heather was a huge influence in my life. She did so much for me and my family. She was one of the most remarkable, caring people I've ever known, and I will always remember her as a true example of Christ. - Angelina (de Montigny) Lambert"
"Heather was an extremely powerful and caring woman. Both her and Art helped to mold me into the man that I am today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Makecnie family. While I know you are hurting with this loss, please know that there are thousands of lives that she touched and made better.
Patrick, Petrea, Isabelle, and Gavin Rae"
"Heather was an inspiration to us all. Art, you are a shining example of true service and selfless devotion to the Lord.
We love your family and are grateful for your friendship.
Love, the Gentiles"
"Doug and Sue Houston
"An amazing women, an amazing life, we will forever be inspired!
Jim and Lynn Cox"
"My grandmother was one of the most heartfelt human beings I have ever been lucky enough to have in my life. Adopting my father was such a blessing, and she welcomed us in her family with open arms knowing that we were meant to be hers. I am the woman I am today because of her. Love you grandma, always. -Rayanna"
"Makechnie Fam, we adore you. There is literally no one else on earth like Heather and she will be so missed. We are so grateful for her warmth and love. And for birthing Ian. And opening her home to us Summer of 2013. If Ian, wasn't born, we would have never met. If Heather hadn't had let us into her own, we would have never fallen in love. We basically owe her everything we have -- and we will never forgot. Love you, Heather. Love you, Makechnie's. Xoxo, Kathleen, Taylor & Emma Lynch."
"Heather was always so loving and accepting of me and mine... She came up to me one Sunday and told me that between the two of us, she loved my chronically 'too high' heels I would wear every Sunday...
She told me she loved the motto I would stand by with the young women including her beautiful grand daughter Cope: "Always keep your standards as high as your heels".
Acceptance sometimes is all a person needs in this world. Thank you Heather. You will be so completely missed... Godspeed as the Lord has a special place at his right hand for you. See you soon!
Love, Jessica Aughenbaugh"
"Thank you for reading to us at the rec center."
"So grateful for her lessons!
"Heather was always thinking of others; even strangers. Once she came into the bookstore in Tilton while I was there and we were going through the box of antique photos. She found one in particular that was clear and well done and had the photographer information and date it was taken on the back. We were able to track down who the person in the photo was online. I thought that was pretty cool; but Heather went a step further. She tracked down a living relative and donated the photo to them. That is who Heather was. - Timothy Frantz"
"We are thinking of you Art, and your family, with heavy hearts. We hope you are able to find peace and comfort. With sympathy, Steve and Peggy Theroux"
"Heather convinced me to volunteer with the MRC and walked me through the process. I will miss her eagerness, cheerfulness and willingness to take on any task,. My sincere condolences to her family, So sorry I am out of state and unable to attend the service."
"Heather was the first person I met as a volunteer at MRC. I was impressed with her can do attitude, compassion and intelligence. She often spoke of looking forward to family gatherings especially the summer barbecues.
My condolences to her family. Joan Wood"
""I am sorry to hear of your loss. Heather was truly an amazing person, avid learner, listener and put years of valuable service and time into individuals and communities alike. My prayers and wishes are with you all.
"I was awed by Heather's light and joy. The world seems less for her passing. She was a strong and generous leader at the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry. It was always a pleasure to watch her work! I will miss her in that place and elsewhere."
"I loved her smile and laugh. She had a way of making you smile just by being around her. She pushed herself not because she had too, because she wanted too. She had a glimmer in her eye when she learned something or was teaching someone something. Doing truck stock checks and laughing; to holding each other after a hard call or time in life. She didn't wear her heart on her sleeve, it was to big for that. She was her heart and cared unconditionally for everyone she touched. No one can take her place, but her legacy will live on and she will never be forgotten. She touched so may lives, what a marvelous legacy to gift to the world. All the "saves" All the times of being in the right place with the right tools, be it a book or monitor. She had a little mishap with the ambulance once in the very beginning, and I laughed and told her how at my beginning I very neatly put the ambulance in the wrong bay. Then I dented the door frame. I got a good ribbing, but laughing with Heather and sharing that moment made us better team members. My thoughts are with all of her loved ones and the hundreds of lives she touched and made all the difference for."
"Jeff and I send our heartfelt condolences. We're so sorry for your loss. Big hugs. - Lisa & Jeff Clark"
"I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Makechnie family and to Heather's vast circle of friends. She gave so much of herself for the benefit of others it's difficult to put into words the magnitude of her passing. Heather's smile, quick wit, and endless dedication will always be remembered. Imagine how much better our world can be be if we all adopt just one of Heather's strengths as our own."
"To know the Makechnie Family is a privilege. I only met Heather a few times in relation to her kids working with us in the theatre at Proctor. As a family, Art and Heather embody the love and guidance so many of us strive to give and are an inspiration of joy and love. I send my personal consolations and my family's condolences, to Art and Gregor, to Ian, to Cope and Nelson and Page and Amy, and to all in the family who will miss Heather, but who will carry her spirit forth. God Bless you. Joan, George, and the Saunders children."
"We would like to extend our sincerest sympathies for your loss. We did not know Heather personally, but she must have been one amazing lady to have so many lovely family members (Art, Amy, Gregor, Cope, Nelson, Brynne, Paige) who are committed to kindness and generosity in their community. We will keep you in our thoughts during your time of grief and sadness. With Love, Tom, Molly, Linden, Ember and Azalea Morgan"
"Mrs. M was the first person I met when I came to Proctor-she welcomed me like I was one of her own and treated me like family for the next four years. She was kind, patient, and gracious and funny. In particular I will always remember her kindness and compassion to my mother who was really struggling through a difficult divorce. Heather really changed my life and embodied the sense of family that Proctor was always about. Godspeed."
"When I was thirteen I had the greatest fortune of meeting Heather's son Ian. He quickly became one of my best friends and remains so to this day, fourteen years later. His kind heart, love of life and laughter and true spirit are a direct reflection of Heather and what she taught all of us along the way. What an incredibly harsh loss for the family and community. I'm thinking of you Makechnie clan and sending so much love."
"This is very sad for so many of us. What a wonderful and fun person we'll miss. She left many great memories. Allison and I remember her volunteering in New York and bringing a friend up to Yonkers for dinner with us. It made me want to do more good myself."
"For two months every summer Heather Makechnie was our mother too. Whether cutting our hair with the Flowbee, bundling us into a Caravan en route to an arts and crafts fair, or simply providing the maternal warmth we homesick boys craved, she was there... and always, always smiling. I will forever remember how she cared for us and how the whole Makechnie clan welcomed us as family. My heart is with you all."
"I was very privileged to work with Heather on a number of projects in the community. Her energy and passion for helping people was always an inspiration, and wonderfully contagious. But more than anything, I'll always remember how her smile could light up any room and any situation. She is already very missed!"
"I have so many fond memories of Heather. A truly wonderful soul that will be missed. My condolences to the family."
"We are so saddened to hear of your loss. May the many happy memories help provide some comfort as you work through your grief. Our hearts are with you all. ~Patty, Grey, and Henry Bechok"
"We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Wayne, Heather and Jacob Rousseau"
"We are sorry for your loss. John,Jay,Eli and Sarah Pier and Stephanie Paine"