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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 East Middle Street, Williamston, MI

OBITUARY

Marlene Joyce McKinney

15 September, 19356 January, 2020
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Marlene McKinney was born September 15, 1935, and with her loving family at her side, went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 6, 2020 at the age of 84. Marlene was the daughter of Leslie and Frances Shoemaker.

Marlene graduated from Lake Odessa High School, and Grace Seminary College, in Winona Lake, Indiana. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish. She taught in the following places: St. Mary’s School, Williamston Elementary, Stockbridge, Munith, Gregory, and Grand Rapids Schools. Marlene loved her gift of teaching, which she freely gave to family and friends as well. Marlene was happiest when she was in the company of her family and friends. She loved cooking, bonfires, fishing, traveling and singing. Singing was a lifelong passion.

Marlene is preceded in death by her husband Robert McKinney (2015), parents Leslie and Frances Shoemaker, Brothers Don Shoemaker, Dale Shoemaker, Arnold Shoemaker, and sisters Madellyn Shoemaker, Norma O’Mara, Lorraine Scheidt, Barbara Clark Ockerman, Daughter Ladesca Hudson and son-in law Kevin Hudson, Daughter Andrea Smith, and grandson Joshua McKinney. Surviving to cherish her memory are children Teresa Pratt, and George and Kim McKinney: 13 Grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Please join the family for visitation on Friday January 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 157 High Street, Williamston, Michigan. A family theme song will being sung, and the rosary prayed at 7:45pm. A second visitation will be at 10:00 am with the Funeral Mass at 11:00am, with Father Mark Rutherford officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Williamston, 157 High Street, and Warrior Family Ministries, 610-A South College Road, Wilmington, N.C. 28403

Expressions of sympathy and fond memories may be shared at www.grwilliamston.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob McKinney
  • Damyen Zimmerlee
  • Brandon Hudson
  • Donovan Hudson
  • Tommy Pratt
  • Jerome Smith
  • Jason Hobbins
  • Jason Zimmerlee
  • Paul Hampton
  • Nick Seguin
  • DONATIONS

  • St Mary Catholic School
  • Warrior Family Ministries

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 10 January , 2020
  • Rosary Friday, 10 January , 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, 11 January , 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, 11 January , 2020

Memories

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Sarah PrattSpangler

14 January 2020

I've known the McKinney family for quite some time... dare I say for almost 40 years?

I remember two things about Mrs McKinney that always have, and always will bring a smile to my face when I think about her.

Never did I come in contact with her when she didn't return the biggest smile; like she'd been waiting to see me and was so happy! (It was not "me" .. she was that way with everyone, I'm sure!) She made everyone feel so special.

The other thing was she loved to show you how much she loved you with a kiss on the lips. She was very intentional and sincere.

While a quiet woman for the most part in my experience, she showed her feelings with a smile, a kiss, and a hug. Her actions around me, spoke much louder than words.

Teresa, Caroline and family. You should be so very proud. As her caregivers, you showed her so much love and your selfless time will forever be rewarded in Heaven. I pray that in the days, weeks, months and years ahead you can find comfort and peace knowing you did an amazing job showing Marlene how much she meant to you all. Caregiver, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, daughter-in-law, son ... you all spent time with her. And that is thee most important thing we can do for our loved ones. Actions speak much louder than words.

All my love and prayers~

George and Kim McKinney

12 January 2020

Kim and I are overcome by all of the love and support of friends and family that have walked beside and lifted us up in prayer. Mom was one special lady and I am so incredibly honored to be her son. She will be greatly missed on this earth but soon we will meet again.

Teresa Pratt

11 January 2020

Thank-you to all of you that came to the visitation and funeral. It was such a joy to see you. Mom would have been so pleased.

Carrie Hill

8 January 2020

I met your Mom once. When you brought her to the office. I liked her. She was pleasant to us strangers.

Kelli de Haan

8 January 2020

There is no way to fill the void of losing a parent. All we can do is keep their memories alive in our hearts and ask Jesus to be by our side when the pain becomes to much for us to bare alone. I pray that you honor them in your own special way and with each passing year you will find comfort in the memories that bring warmth and love into your heart. We are here for you George and Kim. Please let us know if you need anything. We love you both! With deepest sympathy, Kelli and Stella

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