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.

Posted by Peter Nelson on March 31, 2019
We miss you Heather! We have many fun and wonderful memories of you. Your service lives on in our lives.
Posted by Joan Wood on March 31, 2018
Remembering Heather as a warm and wonderful person who inspired me to volunteer at CERT and MRC
Posted by Angelina Lambert on June 12, 2016
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
Posted by Patrick Rae on June 12, 2016
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
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
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
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
Doug and Sue Houston
Much Love...
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
An amazing women, an amazing life, we will forever be inspired!
Jim and Lynn Cox
Posted by Gregor Makechnie on June 11, 2016
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
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
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.
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
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
Posted by Rhily Antoine on June 11, 2016
Thank you for reading to us at the rec center.
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
So grateful for her lessons!
The Southworths
Posted by Amy Makechnie on June 11, 2016
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
Posted by Peggy Theroux on June 11, 2016
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
Posted by Camilla Jones Tatem on June 11, 2016
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.
Posted by Joan Wood on June 10, 2016
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
Posted by Sandra Waine on June 10, 2016
"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.

Sandra Waine
Posted by Laura Simoes on June 10, 2016
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.
Posted by Stephanie Paine on June 9, 2016
We are sorry for your loss. John,Jay,Eli and Sarah Pier and Stephanie Paine
Posted by Jenn Coffey on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Lisa Clark on June 9, 2016
Jeff and I send our heartfelt condolences. We're so sorry for your loss. Big hugs. - Lisa & Jeff Clark
Posted by John Kinney on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Joan Saunders on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Molly Morgan on June 9, 2016
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
Posted by Matt Hauptly on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Chelsey Shuman on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Peter Nelson on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Ivan Sokolov on June 9, 2016
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.
Posted by Charlie Darling on June 9, 2016
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!
Posted by Howie Lubinger on June 9, 2016
I have so many fond memories of Heather. A truly wonderful soul that will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Posted by Patty Bechok on June 9, 2016
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
Posted by Heather Rousseau on June 9, 2016
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Wayne, Heather and Jacob Rousseau

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Posted by Peter Nelson on March 31, 2019
We miss you Heather! We have many fun and wonderful memories of you. Your service lives on in our lives.
Posted by Joan Wood on March 31, 2018
Remembering Heather as a warm and wonderful person who inspired me to volunteer at CERT and MRC
Posted by Angelina Lambert on June 12, 2016
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
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Shared by John Kinney on June 9, 2016

Heather threw herself into being an EMT whole-heartedly. I never asked her what prompted her to pursue that particular endeavor, but whatever the catalyst was it drove her to be the best EMT she could possibly be.  Perhaps that was just her nature and was how she tackled everything worth doing. There were countless 911 calls we went on together in the eight years she was an EMT.  After almost every call Heather would break out the NH EMS Protocols manual we have in the ambulance and used it to review what we did, if we missed anything, or if we could/should have done anything differently. Every opportunity to learn was clearly an honored behavior for Heather. The outcome for many of our 911 calls were happy, others quite tragic, and some just plain benign. Regardless of the nature or the outcome of a call, foremost for Heather was the compassion she brought to the care we render. I can be rather blunt and sometimes rote in my procedures, but for Heather the compassion to our patient was never to be overlooked. One particular call comes to mind and without getting specific for fear of a HIPAA violation, we had a patient with a medical condition that in all honesty made her in fear for her life. While en route to the hospital and after all our treatments and documentation were completed the patient asked Heather to pray for her. I don't think Heather knew the patient personally, nor was she aware of the patient's faith, but without hesitation Heather held the patient's hand and offered a prayer on her behalf. I'm not a religious person and thankfully Heather never held that against me, but the peace of mind that simple gesture brought to our patient was priceless. It has been an honor to know and work with Heather Makechnie, so to honor her spirit I will strive to do the best work I can, always try to make the most of every opportunity to learn, and never forget to be as compassionate as circumstances permit.