Susan Mackenzie


Susan Elaine Brown Mackenzie, age 64, of Cullowhee, N.C., passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, at her home.

Susan was born on July 9, 1955, in Homestead, Fla., to James Lee and Nancy Craddock Brown. 

Susan graduated from Seabreeze Senior High in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1973. She married Scott James Mackenzie on May 15, 1975. Susan and Scott relocated to Cullowhee, N.C., in the 1980s, and Susan worked as a veterinary technician at Cherokee Animal Hospital in Whittier, N.C., for several years.

Owner of Pampered Purebred Persians, a CFA registered breeding cattery, Susan’s beautiful Persian and Himalayan kittens and cats were highly sought after throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She also bred Zebra Finches and other exotic birds. Her passion for pets was a constant throughout her life. There was never an animal she didn’t like or didn’t like her. What a joyous reunion there must have been with her many precious four-legged and winged friends greeting her on the Rainbow Bridge.

Susan was preceded in death by her father, James Brown; her sister, Nancy Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Scott.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Craddock Brown of Williamsburg, Va.; sister Ann Brown-Hailey (Christopher) also of Williamsburg; niece, Elizabeth Blair Hailey of Charlottesville, Va.; nephew, William Hailey of Falls Church, Va.; dear friend, Roz Behre of Tuckasegee, N.C.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family extends their thanks to Roz Behre and Cullowhee United Methodist Church for their support and care.

Friends are invited to a gathering to remember Susan on Friday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. at The Paper Mill, 553 W. Main St., Sylva.

Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Jackson County Animal Shelter, 463 Airport Road, Sylva, NC 28779; or to Cullowhee United Methodist Church, 416 Central Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

An online registry is available at Appalachian Funeral Services of Sylva, N.C., is serving the family.