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Obituaries » Kathleen Flood Mackie

Kathleen Flood Mackie, 95, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully August 19, 2017, at the home of her daughter with family at her bedside.

She was born February 25, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to the late Charles and Catherine Mitchell Flood.

Educated in Toronto, she came to Washington, D.C., in 1940 to work for the British Admiralty Delegation. She met and married John C. Mackie, an American Army Air Corps officer, in 1943. They were married for 64 years, until his death in 2008.

Mrs. Mackie was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Warrenton for more than 50 years and in later years alternated attendance with Little Fork Church near Rixeyville. She was an early and ardent supporter of the Fauquier Maternity Clinic, Head Start, the Fauquier SPCA and the Fauquier Free Clinic. Mrs. Mackie was a long-time member of the Warrenton Garden Club and took great pleasure in her gardens at Lomar Farm. She was a student of art and exhibited her paintings in Virginia and Florida. She was a wide reader and prolific writer. A world-wide traveler with her husband, she shared her experiences with essays for journals of the church, the garden club, several needlework organizations and the Valentine Museum.

She was a judge for the U.S. Figure Skating Association and used that experience to create judging certification programs for the National Academy of Needlearts and the American Needlework Guild. In 1983, she wrote the book, “A Practical Guide for Judges of Embroidery,” still the standard work in the field. She taught stitching and judging seminars at national meetings and at the Valentine. Mrs. Mackie was awarded the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Academy of Needlearts for her contributions. For many years, she owned and operated a studio at Lomar Farm, Warrenton Needlepointers, where she was a teacher, designer, stitcher, lecturer and judge. Locally, she taught children’s and adult classes at the studio and for the Fauquier County Department of Parks and Recreation and served as a needlework judge for the Fauquier County Fair. She spearheaded the kneeler project for St. James Church and personally stitched or designed many of the kneelers.

Survivors include her three daughters, Virginia Anne Burhans and husband Nicholas P. Burhans, Dr. Margaret Mackie Sanders, and Lora Jane Mackie, as well as three grandsons, Dr. John Mackie Sanders, Dr. Warren Currie Mackie-Jenkins and William Lee Mackie-Jenkins.

The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, August 25, at St. James Epsicopal Church, with a reception in the fellowship hall following and interment at Little Fork burying ground near Rixeyville

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier SPCA.
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