MARSHFIELD – Ella Bell (Armstrong) MacKenzie, my mother and best friend, died peacefully May 21, 2007, with her family at her side at Sunrise Care Facility, Jonesport. A firm believer in Jesus Christ as her Savior and because of His promises to us in His Word, she is now with Him in her heavenly home. She was born Jan. 4, 1913, in Machias, daughter of Ralph and Nora Bell Armstrong. As a teenager, Ella was a waitress at the Armstrong Restaurant owned by her parents. She graduated from Machias High School and attended Washington State Normal School. In the late thirties through the fifties, Ella owned and operated the annex to the Armstrong House, a hotel owned by her parents on Main Street, Machias. The front room of that building housed Ella’s Beauty Shop, where she presided as the only hairdresser in town for a number of years. She was also co-owner of Mackenzie’s Market, which was founded in 1953 by her late husband, Ralph P. MacKenzie, who passed away in 1982. Ella was a member of Machias Valley Baptist Church, a 60-year member of Hannah Weston Chapter of DAR, Machias Historical Society and the Downeast Red Hatters. Since her retirement, she had lived in Marshfield, where she enjoyed feeding birds, turkeys and deer. She loved watching the wildlife out of her window and her view of the Machias and Middle Rivers. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carole Ann and John Sprague of Marshfield; her grandsons, Ralph Sprague of Lewiston and Christopher Sprague and his wife, Lauren (McBrine) Sprague, of Marshfield. Her special joys were her great-grand-daughters, Hannah Jo MacKenzie Sprague and Lydia Leigh McCafferty Sprague. She leaves two brothers-in-law and their wives, Arthur and Lea MacKenzie of Calais and Carlton and Loraine Mackenzie of Westerly, R.I. She has several cousins, nieces and nephews. Ella was predeceased by one brother, Carroll “Bud” Armstrong. A private family burial will be Saturday, May 26, at Jacksonville Cemetery. A public celebration of Ella’s life will be 1 p.m. the same day at Machias Valley Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Machias Valley Christian School, 6 Broadway, Machias, or to Hannah Weston Chapter DAR for the upkeep of the Burnham Tavern, 2 Free St., Machias, ME 04654.