Martha McKinney

Funeral services for Martha Jeanette (Blackwood) McKinney will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Private burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery.  She died in her home November 20, 2012, with family at her side. 

Martha was born in Garden City, KS on August 17, 1922 the daughter of Clark and Edna (Wilson) Blackwood.

Martha obtained her teaching certification and first taught in New Concord, OH for 2 years, then transferred to Scott City, KS, followed by substitute teaching until becoming a full-time homemaker in 1946.

Martha met her husband Harold while he was based in Garden City, KS with the Army-Air Corp when he and a friend were invited to dinner with Martha’s family. Harold preceded her in death in December, 2010 as did her brothers Merl and Raymond.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Thompson of Carthage, MO; daughter, Karen McKinney of Lawrence; son, Rod McKinney of El Dorado Hills, CA; daughter, Kathy Nace of Lawrence and husband Mark Nace; and son, Scott McKinney, Lawrence and wife Susie.

The family will greet friends following the service.

The family requests that any memorial donations may be made to the Christ Covenant Church Mercy Fund, 2312 Harvard Rd, Lawrence, KS 66049.

14 Condolences

  1. Shih-hua Yang on November 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. So sorry to hear of Martha passing. She will be dearly missed. All the best to you and your family, Shih-hua

  2. Cheryl Schnettler on November 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Martha was a truly delightful, special person. I looked forward to my time with her each week, listening to her childhood stories or amazing poetry recitations, or the enjoyment of reading the Bible or ” Jesus Calling ” together. I will miss her dearly and feel honored to have shared a part of her life. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  3. Willie on November 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I usually arrived early at the LBDA board meetings and had some time to talk with your mother/grandmother. She seemed like a lovely person. I know all her family and friends will miss her.

  4. Sue Wilkey on November 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Karen, You are the only one who would remember me from your siblings, I’m sure. I remember your folks but especially your mother from my childhood when we moved back to Topeka from Montana. I thought she was one of the nicest women I knew!! She always was willing to talk to me even though I was a child. And I thought you were one of the prettiest little girls too. My mother and dad thought a lot of your folks too. Their quiet ways touched a lot of lives. May the Holy Spirit comfort you all.

  5. Don reed on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Praying for you & your siblings in the days ahead as you adjust to your mother’s home-going. I loved the picture in the obituary. That’s the way I remember her. She was always so kind and gracious. May God give you His peace & presence.
    Don Reed

  6. Jean and Glenn McFarland on November 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Praying for you family members as you miss Martha and her compassionate, kindly ways. We loved our visits with her and the fascinating memories of her life. She was a blessing to many and experiencing the joys of our Lord now. You were all so supportive in caring for her.

  7. Kelly Cavner on November 21, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Kathy, Karen, Scott and Rod and families, My heart goes out to you all at this time. I loved my time working for your parents and all of my chats with your mom. She was a wonderful person and will be missed very much. She lived for the Lord and now may she rest with HIm. In my prayers… Love, Kelly

  8. Jennifer McKinney Attardi on November 23, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Our prayers are with you for peace and comfort as you grieve. I wish I had known Aunt Martha better, but will always remember her gentleness toward me. How blessed you are to have been loved by her.

  9. Stan Grigg on November 23, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Rowe, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Stan Grigg

  10. Kent Henson on November 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Kathy, I am thinking of you and praying for you as you hold services for your mom…and in the coming months, as I’m sure her presence will be missed. Sincerely, Kent

  11. Bruce Elliott on November 24, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Karen, Rod, Kathy and Scott, I’m sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during thie difficult time. Your mother was a very sweet and caring person with a heart full of gold.

  12. Shirley Grubbs on November 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Dearest Kathy –
    So glad your Mom is rejoicing with her Saviour!! I know these last few years have been SO difficult in so many ways. Praying for you dear friend.
    So sorry I will not be able to attend the service.
    Blessings to your and yours and please pass my sympathies to Karen as well.
    Love you-
    Shirley Grubbs

  13. Phyllis Wilson on November 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Karen and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Tho I only met her once, I was happy to discover we are related when I moved to KS in the ’60s. I would love to have heard the stories of her life mentioned above. May God draw you all close to Himself as you grieve.

  14. Susan Cawley on December 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Kathy and Family, Condolences in the passing of your mom. I know you will miss her. Praise God for his promise of eternal life.

    P.S. I can definitely see the family resemblance.

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