Michelle L McKinney

February 20, 1975December 24, 2020

Michelle Lynn McKinney, 45, of Girard, IL, died on December 24, 2020 in Girard, IL.

She was born February 20, 1975 in Granite City, IL to Allen and Hilda McKinney.

She graduated top of her glass, early in 1993, from Carlinville, IL and went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in 2007 online. She wanted to be a social worker and drug counselor for young people. She had a passion for animals and caring for them. She always choose her dog, being one that needed extra love and care. Michelle was an artist doing sketches as water color pictures. She dearly loved her family. Michelle loved to travel to see new places and try all the different foods around our country. She was a warrior and fought for those she loved.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Hilda and Lindell Burris; father Allen McKinney of Granite City, IL; great-grandmother, Hilda M. Corrado; three children, Eric Burris of El Paso, TX, Kymberly Odle of Highland, IL and Chase Odle of Highland, IL; brothers, James (Mandi) Ronan, Joshua (April) Ronan, and Ryan Burris, all of Virden, IL; nieces and nephews, Sara, Ashlye, James II, Christina, Jeremiah and David.

Michelle was preceded in death by her grandpa, Robert M. Corrado; grandma, Flora Mae McKinney; and grandpa, Bertrand Ray McKinney.

There will be a private graveside service held at Lake View Funeral Home on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Professional services entrusted to Lake View Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, Fairview Heights IL.

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  • Memorial Visitation

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020


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Hilda Burris

December 29, 2020

My daughter was a talker. Always was. I remember being so excited when she finally learned to talk and my astonishment as she grew older at how much my girl liked to talk. I had told her once if she ever wanted or needed to talk to me day or night I would be there to listen. lol My mistake. She'd come into my room at say 3:00 am and wake me up, "Mom, I need to talk. Wake up." So I would stumble into the kitchen and put on a pot of coffee as we settled down to talk. Now, as her mom I am thinking she is troubled about something or there is a problem or some sort and she needs my help and advise. Nope, she literally just needed to talk so she woke me up to do just that. Talk about her day or a book she was reading. :)

Corinna Coulson

December 27, 2020

She always had a smile on her face and she called me her sister from another mother. We would watch stars together because she liked them just as much as I did. I will miss you my friend.

Jamie Blevins

December 27, 2020

Michelle was a long time friend of over 30 years. I remember us hanging out as teenagers everyday getting into mischief. If I wasn't staying at her house, she stayed at mine. We were inseparable. She was so loving, caring, funny and I will miss her very much. Fly high, girl! I love you! Jamie Hemken Blevins

Ange Dunn

December 27, 2020

We had so many great conversations from when we were younger until recently. When we got together we had a blast and would laugh so hard. We kept each other going and supported one another. You were always one of my close friends and not just a cousin. I’m going to miss you and I hate that you are gone. I miss you already and I wasn’t ready for you to be gone. So much left unsaid that I wish I could say to you. You were such a good person and you loved everyone. Heart of gold and I hope everyone had a chance to know this. I love you my dear cousin and will miss you. RIP my dear friend.

Tim and Corinna Coulson

December 27, 2020

She will be sadly missed and we talked with her when she was in Barnes rehabing from her illness. We will cherish her friendship , keeping family in prayers.