Saturday, January 11, 2020

Marlene McKinney
    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 in Williamston. 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, along with 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
    Visitation was held on Friday, January 10th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 157 High Street, Williamston, Michigan. A family theme song was sung, and the rosary prayed at 7:45pm. A second visitation took place at 10:00am, followed by 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
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