Mary K. McKinnis

November 24, 1943November 2, 2019

Mary King McKinnis, 75, of Birmingham, AL, died peacefully in her sleep on November 2, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. Born on November 24, 1943, in Birmingham, AL, she is predeceased in death by her parents, Samuel J. King and Elizabeth, “Nanny” King as well as her granddaughter Danielle Marie Johnson. First and foremost, Mary was a Christian woman who loved the Lord and was an active member of church her entire life. Mary was a homemaker for the early part of her children’s lives and then enjoyed a long career with Blue Cross where she retired. She and Mike loved to travel and enjoyed many weeks at the beach, the mountains and many other wonderful trips. Mary enjoyed spending time with the grandkids, taking care of them when they were young and watching them in their extracurricular activities. She loved her family and they loved her.

Survivors include her husband, Mike, her children, Elizabeth West “Libby,” James (Roy) Romano, Sheri Rumphrey, Stephanie Romano, Michael McKinnis (Laura), and Sonya Ridderhoff and 8 grandchildren; Alexandria (Alex) Rumphrey, Brianna and Corben (CJ) Hamer, Morgan, Addison and Mia McKinnis, Connor and Brandon Ridderhoff. She was also survived by her 2 loving sisters; Elizabeth (Jimmy) Robinson and Reba (John) Sulava and a host of other nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends. Our family would like to express a special thank you to caretakers who have become like family to us during Mary’s last year. They have provided physical and emotional support to our family through the most difficult of times.

A memorial service to honor Mary’s life will be held at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church, where she and Mike are members on Friday, November 8th at 2pm. Visitation begins at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to OMPC.


  • Visitation Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, November 8, 2019


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Peggy Prince

November 5, 2019

As next door neighbors of Mike and Mary for over two decades, we have never met two more wonderful, Christian people. I miss my and Mary's "over the fence" talks, rolling our little "Toomer's Oak" tree following Auburn's occasional wins over Alabama and just seeing them occasionally and knowing that we could call on them whenever we needed them, and vice versa.

We are still here when you need us Mike and we celebrate the life and person that Mary was and will miss her very much.

May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time.

Peggy & Reed Prince