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“Alexa was a wonderful girl. She touched and ingrained herself into the lives of everyone she met. I don't even know what to say, except to say, I...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Marianne Thompson - Colme, SD

“Our condolences to the McKenzie family on the loss of Alexa. Our hearts and continued prayers go out to you, your family, and friends as the grief is...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Russell & Stacie Nilson - NE

“We are friends of Lance, Brenda & Jasmine. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. There are no words that can express our sorrow for you. May you...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Tanya Stangle - St. Charles, SD

“Our prayers go out to you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Lean on your family and friends and know your angel's legacy lives on. Please know we...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Abbey, Casey, Lincoln, and Drake Painter - NE

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Deborah Cole - Roseau, MN

“McKenzie Family I am so sorry for your loss. I wish these kinds of things didn't have to happen. The loss of a child is tragic and no parents should...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Will Leetch - Thief River Falls, MN

“I can remember when we lost a volleyball game she was the one to cheer us all up and make us smile all the time. Alexa was a great person. We love...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Anonymous Person - Colome, SD

“She was an amazing person to be around. Alexa was a great influence to many people and a great teammate. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Anonymous - Colome, SD - friend

“I wasn't personally close with Alexa but I knew what a sweetheart she was and how much of an impact she made on the lives around her. She always went...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Karissa Campbell - Madison, SD

“Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. When you lose someone you...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Rita Neyens - Winner, SD

“I shared my love and touching of my dear niece Alexa while she was hospitalized in Sioux Falls this past week. but it wasn't in God's plan to give...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Irene Wolf - Sioux Falls, SD

“Myron and Nancy, We are so very sorry to hear about Alexa, our thoughts and prayers are with you. ...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Rick and Yolanda Esterling - SD

“Dear McKenzie and Giedd families,We hope you know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. We may never understand...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Ron & Kim Bertram - SALEM, SD, SD

“Myron and Nancy, and family, our hearts go out to and you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and the time ahead. Alexia was...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Ben and Vicki Fischer - Millboro, SD

“Sorry about your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you all. God Bless You and your family. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: christina Boerner|Sand - Mitchell, SD

“So sorry for loss! Our thoughts and prayers are you! May God wrap you in his arms and give you strength and comfort! ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Jerred and Kara Gregg - Winner, SD

“Our deepest sympathy to Alexa's family. Our hearts reach out to you in loving friendship . Della B and Gary Z ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Delka Boyd - Winner, SD

“I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers to you and all your family. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Thomas Peterson - Houston, TX

“My deepest sympathy goes out to Alexa's family...I remember her smiling face everytime she came out to the golf course in Burke...she was very free...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Larea Matucha - Burke, SD


Alexa Nicole McKenzie was born on July 20, 2001 in Gregory, SD, to Myron and Nancy (Giedd) McKenzie.

She was baptized and confirmed into her Catholic faith at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Colome, SD.

Alexa attended Colome School since kindergarten. She was active in volleyball, basketball, and band. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

Alexa was active in her church community as well, serving as an altar server, musician, and lector.

Alexa was a fun-loving kind of girl who easily made friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed hanging out with her friends and playing volleyball. She also enjoyed listening to music and going on camping trips with her family.

Alexa passed away on October 19, 2017 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Alexa lives on through her generosity of being an organ donor.

She is survived by her parents Myron & Nancy McKenzie, her brother Allan, and sister Aspyn; grandparents Sumalee McKenzie and Ken & Ruth Giedd; aunts and uncles, Brenda (Lance) Schmitz, Karen (Randy) Painter, and Brian Giedd; cousins Jasmine Schmitz and Ryan & Katelyn Painter; great grandparents Joseph & Dorothy Hejl; several great aunts and uncles; and a host of friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her grandpa Allan E. McKenzie, and great grandparents LeRoy & Donna Giedd.

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Funeral services for Alexa McKenzie, 16, of Colome, SD, were held Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Colome School Gym with Father Kevin Achbach officiating. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at the school gym.

Music was provided by Cindy Sealey, pianist, and Erin Grossenberg, cantor.

Eucharistic Ministers were Jody Burger, Lynn Thieman, and Carol Moyer.

Altar Servers were Abby Pechota, Carleen Burger, and Linkyn Petersek.

Ferman & Sally Harter, Randy & Holly Pechota, and Kevin & Dione Rowe were in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Kathy Hermsen, Korey Bertram, and Terri Lee Cahoy.

Casket Bearers were Beau Bertram, Calvin Ringing Shield, Wyatt Cahoy, Zane Rohde, Dawson Varilek, Layton Thieman, Jackson Kinzer, Nash Atteberry, Chase Dufek, Evan Cole, Riggin Shippy, and Jaikob Week.

Honorary Casket Bearers were the Class of 2019 and the Cowgirl Volleyball Team.

Interment was in the Colome Cemetery, Colome, SD.

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She Is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want:
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

By David Harkins