McKenzie Helene Gilbert

1994 - 2018

  • 23 years old
  • Date of birth:  July 23rd, 1994
  • Place of birth:  San Jose
  • Date of passing:  July 20th, 2018
  • Place of passing:  Santa Cruz
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, McKenzie Gilbert, 23, born on July 23rd, 1994 and passed away on July 20th, 2018. We will remember her forever.
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Candle lit  by A Will on July 24th, 2018

To the family and friends. Please accept my condolences.  Loss of a loved one causes much pain and sorrow. We can find some comfort in God's word the bible. “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.”—Isaiah 25:8. Please visit for more bible based comfort. The following comforting message has helped many experiencing loss of a loved one:

Candle lit  by H. Graben on July 24th, 2018

It’s devastating to lose a loved one because death is not normal. We were created to live forever as was God’s original purpose in the beginning with Adam and Eve.(Genesis 1:28) His purpose hasn’t changed. He’s promised to resurrect many back to life on a restored paradise earth to live forever. Please look at the following scriptures: John 5:28,29; Isaiah 45:18;Psalm 37:29;Revelation 21:4

Candle lit  by Susan Linville on July 25th, 2018

So hard to come to terms with this tragic reality. are a shining star. You will forever be in our hearts. I always remember the day you, your mom and I walked the LG trail. You had big dreams and plans and shared them with us during that walk. Your strength as a young woman was impressive and you over came obstacles with your head held up high. Peace & love will be with you.

Candle lit  by Susan Castaneda on July 25th, 2018

I remember many of McKenzie’s visits at our office at Coldwell Banker. I watched her grow up to be a beautiful young woman with lots of dreams ahead of her. I loved the annual Christmas card I would get every year. This beautiful girl will be missed.

Candle lit  by Denise Weatherwax on July 25th, 2018

I did not know McKenzie personally, but I did know her dad and stepmom and I know they thought the world of her. Please accept my sincere condolences as a fellow parent and a neighbor. The entire neighborhood is deeply shaken by her tragic death.  My thoughts are with you in this sad time.

Candle lit  by Mike and Brenda Burns on July 28th, 2018

Our deepest sympathy's go out to our friends. This is a tragic loss. Our hearts weep for their loss. It is so hard to even find words to express our thoughts. We are thinking of you and sending our love to you all during this difficult time. We would like to share a quote that touched our hearts..."When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."

Candle lit  by Shoshanna Raybin on July 30th, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with McKenzie for several years.  She was a lovely person--so upbeat, and kind.  I was impressed by her intelligence, hard work, and genuine care for others.  She made a positive impact on her colleagues, and for many new families at the Birth Center.  Sending love and comfort to McKenzie's family during this difficult time.  I'm so sorry for your loss.

Candle lit  by Linh Pham on July 30th, 2018

I was McKenzie's lab partner in biochemistry, and was always impressed by how hard she was working to juggle school, research, and working at the hospital. I also had chills learning about the interesting ideas that she had for studying antibiotics resistance when I sat next to her during graduation. We have lost a potentially amazing scientist from the world. I'm saddened by her passing.

Candle lit  by Karen Izzo on July 30th, 2018

I had the pleasure of knowing McKenzie. She was a free spirit and not afraid to tackle anything. Was always open to thoughts and other ideas.  She was always sweet and gracious. I remember being at the house when she was preparing for her 220 mile hike on the PCT. she had every meal planned, bagged up and counted. Very organized .....she was a happy girl.  Will miss her smile.

Candle lit  by Ross Mackinney on August 13th, 2018

McKenzie was a student in my public speaking class at HSU in 2014. I remember particularly her speech on extremophiles and the beautiful images of their habitats. My deepest condolences to friends and family.

Candle lit  by Walden Freedman on August 20th, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of McKenzie's death.  I had her as a student at HSU in one of the calculus courses.  I wrote a letter of recommendation for her to support her volunteer work at a hospital.  My heartfelt condolences to McKenzie's family.  She was a lovely person and I'm sorry she's not in this world anymore.

Candle lit  by Pamela Kahn on October 8th, 2018

I was so sad to hear of McKensie’s passing. She was such a beautiful person inside and out, plus kind, thoughtful, smart and talented. I feel fortunate to have met her during her much too short life. There should be an order in life whereby parents should never to have to mourn the loss of a child, but alas there is not. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

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