Ursula Sybil Mackenzie, the mother of two acclaimed filmmakers, David and Alastair Mackenzie, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2015, in Perth, Scotland. She was 75 years old. Her cause of death was not publicly disclosed, but she had been suffering from a long illness. She was survived by her husband John, her two sons, her daughter Rachel, and her grandchildren.
A Life of Love and Adventure
Ursula Sybil Mackenzie was born in 1940 in Plymton, Devon, England, as Ursula Sybil Balfour. She was the daughter of Ronald Balfour and Anne Smith. She had a sister, who is still alive. She was baptized in Devon in 1940.
She married John Mackenzie in 1965 in Horsham, Sussex, England. John was a former Royal Navy officer and a civil engineer. They had three children: David, Rachel, and Alastair. The family lived in various places, including England, Wales, Nigeria, and Scotland. They settled in Perthshire, where they ran a bed and breakfast.
Ursula was a loving and supportive wife and mother, who encouraged her children to pursue their passions. She was also a talented artist, who enjoyed painting and drawing. She had a keen interest in history, literature, and culture. She was a devout Christian and a member of St Mary’s Church in Birnam.
A Legacy of Creativity and Excellence
Ursula’s two sons, David and Alastair, followed their mother’s artistic footsteps and became successful filmmakers. David is the director of critically acclaimed films such as Hell or High Water, Starred Up, and Outlaw King. Alastair is an actor, director, and producer, best known for his role as Archie MacDonald in the popular TV series Monarch of the Glen. He also co-founded the production company Sigma Films with his brother David.
Ursula was very proud of her sons’ achievements and supported them throughout their careers. She often visited them on set and attended film festivals and premieres with them. She was also a source of inspiration for them. David dedicated his film Hell or High Water to his parents, who both died while he was making the film. He also included references to them by their initials and birth years on some license plates in the film.
Ursula’s daughter Rachel is a teacher and a mother of two. She lives in Perthshire with her husband and children. She inherited her mother’s love of art and literature and shares it with her students and family.
A Final Farewell
Ursula’s death was mourned by her family, friends, and fans. A thanksgiving service was held on July 22, 2015, at St Mary’s Church in Birnam. The service was attended by hundreds of people, including celebrities such as Ewan McGregor, Peter Mullan, and Kevin McKidd, who had worked with David and Alastair on their films. The service was a celebration of Ursula’s life, with music, readings, and tributes. The family requested that people wear bright colors instead of black, to reflect Ursula’s vibrant personality.
Ursula Sybil Mackenzie was a remarkable woman, who lived a life of love and adventure. She left behind a legacy of creativity and excellence, through her sons’ films and her own artworks. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, a caring mother, a proud grandmother, and a loyal friend.
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