Bethany L. MacKenzie
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Bethany L. MacKenzie

York - Bethany Lynn MacKenzie, 29, fell asleep in Jesus on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was born in York, PA. Bethany's love for people, particularly the less fortunate, made working with those with mental health and developmental disabilities a natural fit. She was a hard worker and was most proud of her employment with Jessica & Friends and most recently Community Services Group as a supervisor. She loved her parents, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephew. Bethany's soul-care included reading the Bible and listening to Christian music. Beach escapes and spending time in the outdoors, whether at Chickies Rock or hunting, was where she found personal peace and solace.

Six years ago, Bethany was introduced to heroin. This nectar from Hell immediately peddled its hideous lies like, "Every day can be Christmas morning," "You can stop using heroin whenever you feel like it," "My addiction has nothing to do with anyone else," "I have nothing to live for anyway. I might as well keep using," "Life is no fun without heroin." Bethany never wanted to be defined by her addiction. She fought heroically completing countless rehabs and detox programs. In the end, Bethany traded EVERYTHING for heroin: family, friends, cars, phones, money, her life. It may appear that heroin has won once again in York County. Though we miss Bethany terribly, her personal faith in Christ convinces us that she is now safe in the arms of Jesus forevermore (Ps. 139:14-16; Rev. 21:4). Because her struggle is over, our struggle is over.

If you or your family member battle with addiction, never give up hope. This family disease demands the utmost in empathy, education, tough love, humility, prayer, accountability, and undying support. Trump heroin's lies with the facts.

Survivors include her loving parents, Rev. Dr. Dave and Susan MacKenzie; sisters, Kara and husband, Brad Sadler, Kaitlin and husband, John Riggs, Aimee and husband, Roger Casado; and her beloved nieces and nephew, Leah, Ava, Jane, Alexis, and Silas.

Visitation will be from 7-9 PM, on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. A final visitation will be on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 10-11 AM, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 AM. All services held at Bridgeway Community Church, 255 Reynolds Mill Rd, York. Rev. Dr. Kevin Frain presiding. Interment will be at Blymire Cemetery followed by a luncheon. Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. The family asks that all attendees wear masks. Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the York Chapter of Not One More.

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Published in York Daily Record from Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 6, 2021
I never knew Bethany but I want to send my heartfelt condolences to her family. You are tremendously courageous people ! To share Bethany's struggle in such a public way in the hopes of saving other families this tragedy is a testament to your strength and your faith. May you now be able to start remembering all the good times without them being clouded by the tragic memories from the last few years. We may never be able to answer the " why " of our child's addiction and moving past it may be hard, but with God's help maybe something good can come from the tragedy. May God bless you and bring you peace !
Helen Weaver
January 4, 2021
I did not know Bethany but My Heartfelt Sympathy to the parents, sisters and other family members and friends of Bethany. May God comfort all of you during this difficult time of pain and sorrow! A Beautiful Angel has gotten her wings..........
Debbie Carr
January 4, 2021
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Susanne Reynold
January 4, 2021
To the family of Bethany. I’m so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful girl. I didn’t know her. She is a friend of a friend. May she Rest In Peace. God bless!
January 4, 2021
So very sorry for your loss, of your beautiful daughter. May she Rest In Peace now
A Grieving Mother
January 3, 2021
Bethany is now in the arms of Jesus, Mike’s Mom #forever 22
Christine Gagnon
January 3, 2021
Dave and Susan, this is Roy and Yvonne Fisher, (Mark Fisher's parents) our hearts are grieved for you but we rejoice in Bethany's salvation and are assured with you that she is safe in the arms of Jesus. May the God of all comfort give you peace and rest in Him. We intercede before His throne for you both and your family until you meet again in His Glorious Presence.
Yvonne Fisher
January 3, 2021
Dave, Susan, and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about Bethany. Praying peace over all of you as you keep your eyes on Jesus during this trying time. He has not forsaken you. He will sustain you. He will use everything for His glory even when we don't understand. Lifting you in prayer and standing in the gap for you. Lean on the assurance that you will see her again because of her acceptance of Christ as her Saviour. Much love.
Cathy Siegel
January 2, 2021
Thank God, that once we are His, He never let's us go....sweet girl enjoy JESUS
Lorraine Pegues
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