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RITA (GAGNE) MACKIE


1918 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
MACKIE, Rita (Gagne) 97, died peacefully on June 30 at the Pleasant Bay Nursing Home in Brewster, MA. Born and schooled in Cambridge, she was the last of 8 brothers and sisters born to parents of French Canadian heritage. A longtime resident of Arlington, she spent her later years as a resident at Wise Living, Orleans, along with her beloved toy poodle Milo. She worked at the former Danielson Market in E. Arlington for many years, where her outgoing nature, optimism and popularity conferred on her the nickname "Mrs. Arlington" to some. Her unflinching dedication to assisting her family, siblings and friends when in need was especially notable. She will be greatly missed. She was the wife of her long deceased husband, David A. Mackie, and mother of three sons: David G. of Seattle, WA, who predeceased her seven days earlier on June 23; Donald A. of Orleans, MA; and Robert R. of El Cerrito, CA. She leaves four grandsons: Daniel C. of Vancouver, BC; Ian C. of Gig Harbor, WA; Walter T. of Boston; Matthew P. of El Cerrito, CA; and four great-grandchildren: Molly, Luke, Kaija, and Sadie. Burial arrangements will be private. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on July 3, 2016
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