Sara M. McKinney
October 12, 1919 – April 28, 2020
Sara Melissa McKinney, a long-time Greene County resident passed away peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the age of 100. She was a resident of Sundale Care, Morgantown, WV.
Sara was born October 12, 1919 in New Paris, Bedford County, Pennsylvania to the late Franklin Pierson Gohn and Goldie Mock Gohn. After graduating high school she married her husband, Mendell McKinney, Sr. in 1938 and subsequently had two children.
She was married for 49 years, spending most of her married life in Greene County as a homemaker and active community member. She and her husband were charter members of the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene and in 1978 joined the Waynesburg Church of the Nazarene. Sara served on the church board and in various other positions at both locations. Additionally, Sara actively volunteered, as part of the Women’s Auxiliary at Southwest Regional Medical Center for over 50 years and at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home. Most recently she was a member of the Jefferson Senior Citizen’s Group.
Sara is well known for her baking, especially pies, and at one time co-owned a bakery. In later years she supplied the Airport Restaurant at the Greene County Airport with pies. Other interests included sewing, needlework and knitting, antique collecting, and playing Skip-Bo.
Sara will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by a small family and a large group of friends. Survivors include families of her three grandchildren, Colleen McKinney Blum and husband Scott of North Carolina, David McKinney and wife Lyn of Illinois, and Lynn Crayne III and wife Sue of West Virginia; five great-grandchildren, Brian Blum and wife Jennifer, Michael McKinney, Matthew McKinney, Adam Blum and Damien Crayne; one great-great grandson, Micah Blum. Geraldine McKinney, widow of Mendell, Jr., and Lynn Crayne II former husband of Catherine also survive. Along with her parents, predeceasing her are three siblings Frank, James, and Catherine; her husband, Mendell Sr.; and two children, Mendell McKinney, Jr. and Catherine Crayne.
The family would like to thank Sundale Care and WV Caring for their care and service to Sara in recent years. Additionally, Mary Sue Crayne greatly assisted the family and lovingly helped care for Sara over the past fifteen years.
Due to the state and federal guidelines and restrictions for COVID-19 events the viewing and services are private and entrusted to the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com. A Celebration of Life Service for Sara will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sara’s name to the Waynesburg Church of the Nazarene.
- Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene
Sara M. McKinney
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May 2, 2020
It was a pleasure and a honor to be Sara’s nurse while she was at Sundale. I will treasure her memories. She was dear to my heart and loved.
The staff at Sundale loved Miss Sara. She will be forever in our hearts. She is greatly missed. ❤️
Ken and Mary Stanton
May 1, 2020
Sara was a wonderful woman and she will be missed. Our condolences and prayers are with Sara's family at this time. Be comforted in knowing she is at peace and in the presence of our Lord.
Georgeann and Bill Gardner
April 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are coming out to your entire family at this time....I can close my eyes and see the big smile on Sara's face each and every time Bill would make his famous vegetable soup and we would deliver it to her for supper.... RIP Sara !!
April 29, 2020
Sara was a very special lady. I looked forward to seeing her daily, fixing her hot tea (with extra sugar) and cookies. She was smart, witty and an absolute joy to be around. Even on her worst days, she would have a smile for me. She will be missed. May God wrap her family in his arms and give them peace. She loved you all tremendously!