Mrs McKenzie arrived in the area as a newlywed more than 50 years ago. Soon after moving to her husband’s family farm, she volunteered at Scots UC, where she has played music ever since.
Throughout the years she has become a familiar face in the music scene in the district, teaching at a number of schools as well as volunteering with the Lake Bolac Music Club, the Ararat Musical Comedy Society and the Sing Australia Choir in Ararat.
Ms McKenzie’s milestone was recently featured in the Ararat Advertiser. She told the paper that she loves contributing to the life of the church through her music.
“I love the music, I like the hymns,” she said. “I will continue to play the organ as long as I am there and capable of doing it.”
Like many church members, Ms McKenzie is very modest about her achievements. She told Crosslight “I find this all a bit embarrassing, but apparently others are interested in the story.”
Neighbour and friend Richard Peters said Ms McKenzie is typical of many country people and doesn’t really understand what all the fuss is about.
“I think it’s remarkable that Marj has given 50 years of unflinching service to our church, as well as all the other activities she’s involved in, while also raising five children,” Mr Peters said.