Vero Beach, FL — Anne Robbins Mackie, 86, died on November 2, in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. Anne was born in Andover, Mass., and was the sixth of seven children of Eda and Frederick Boyce, of whom a brother, James Boyce, survives her.
Named after her mother’s sister as part of a family tradition, she was the fourth “Anne Robbins” to bear the name. Anne was raised on the campus at Phillips Academy, where her father taught, and educated at the Andover Public Schools, the Northfield School for Girls, and Pembroke College of Brown University, graduating with an A.B. in mathematics.
Anne made her career in the financial services industry. After college, she worked for Guaranty Trust in New York City, beginning as an accountant, but moving quickly into corporate communications. She married Wilfred Mackie and left the workforce to raise three children with him in her hometown of Andover. Later, she returned to the industry, retiring as a training supervisor for Northern New England for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Vero Beach, and divided their subsequent years between Florida and Anne’s family home in Westport, Maine.
Those who knew her best describe Anne’s life as revolving around family, friends and service to others, especially to children. Sociable, diligent and tireless, Anne spent many hours in volunteer service to Andover’s Andona Society, eventually serving as president, as well as to the Andover Family “Y,” and to the Scouting and Camp Fire Girls chapters to which her children belonged. She was a member of South Church. After moving to Vero, she became a devoted member of the local chapter of the American Association of University Women and found great joy in mentoring students at Beachland Elementary School.
A funny and faithful correspondent known to childhood and school friends as “Boycie,” Anne maintained close relationships throughout her lifetime with friends near and far.
In addition to her husband of 57 years and brother, she is survived by her children, Christopher (Jean Marie), Brian (Beverly), and Anne (Mark); two grandchildren, (Katie and Brian); 24 nieces and nephews; and dozens of grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Anne’s warm and joyful spirit will be missed by all who knew her — as well as by thousands of men, women and children who may never know her name, but whose lives were made better through her efforts.
ARRANGEMENTS: Interment will be in Maine next summer. At Anne's request, there will be no memorial service.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation in memory of Anne Robbins (Boyce) Mackie ’45 to the Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mt. Hermon, Mass., www.nmhschool.org/support-nmh.