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Donna S.  McKinley

Donna S. McKinley

Sunday, March 13th, 1955 - Friday, February 15th, 2019
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Obituary

Donna S. McKinley, 63 years old, from Cameron, Missouri passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Cameron Regional Medical Center after a 28-year battle with cancer.
Donna was born on March 13, 1955 at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, California to Rodney J. and Olive Nichols. As an Air Force brat, she lived all over the world and the US, including Korea, Germany, Maine, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio. She attended 3 high schools in 4 years, graduating from Baker High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1973. After graduating from Clark Technical College as an RN in 1975, she worked at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio as an Emergency Room charge nurse for 5 years and then in the newborn nursery for 5 years. After moving to Missouri in 1985, she worked at Cameron Hospital until 1994 when she retired from nursing and became the owner and office manager of Cameron Accounting.
On June 3, 1978, Donna married James C. McKinley in Fairborn, Ohio. To this union, two children were born, James R. McKinley and Jennifer S. McKinley.
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Rodney J. Nichols.
She is survived by her loving husband, James C. McKinley, son James R. McKinley (Regan), daughter Jennifer McKinley, grandsons Dillin and Maxton McKinley, mother Olive L. Nichols, sister Linda McCall, sister-in-law Iona (Mike) O’Donnell, nieces Chris (Wes) Martin, Kathy (Byron) Hahn and Susan (Kyle) Glazebrook and many, many dear friends.
Donna was a member of the Overcomers Cancer Survivor group, Reta’s Rowdy Red Hatters, NWMO Bear Hunters and Bear Chicks, Longaberger Basket Babes, Laureate Gamma Beta Sigma Phi, Missouri Girls Town Tri-Arts Club, and American Business Women’s Association. She volunteered for many years with the First Baptist Church Awanas club and also with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts serving in all capacities for all age groups. She was also an avid scrapbooker.
Donna lived her life to the fullest. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She loved her family deeply and was blessed with many close and special friends. She will be remembered for her spirit and kindness, and will be missed by everyone who was blessed to know her.
Visitation will be held at 5:00PM-9:00PM, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at the First Christian Church, Cameron.
A Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the First Christian Church.
Interment will follow at Cameron Memory Gardens.
Donna’s family would like to extend gratitude to all the staff at Cameron Regional Medical Center for their attentiveness and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cameron Regional Medical Center Foundation Inc. or to the Rose Lowenstein Foundation.
Arrangements: Poland-Thompson Funeral Home, Cameron, MO. Online condolences: www.polandthompson.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    First Christian Church
    Address
    318 N. Pine St.
    CAMERON, MO 64429
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    First Christian Church
    Address
    318 N. Pine St.
    CAMERON, MO 64429
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cameron Regional Medical CenterFoundation, Inc. and/or to the Rose Lowenstein Foundation.
    Officiant
    Pastor Bob Reagan
  • Interment

    Location
    Cameron Memory Gardens
    Address
    10776 N.W. Old Highway 36
    CAMERON, MO 64429
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Chuck

Posted at 12:04pm
I am very saddened to hear of Donna S. McKinley’s passing. We were good friends during our Junior and Senior years at Baker, as well with her sister Linda. I was a good friend of her parents and worked with Nick at his TV repair business and one summer I painted their home. Her mother was (is) a great cook/baker and she would make Banana Cream Pies that were to die for.

I later worked for a hospital house keeping firm at WPAFB and worked at Bldg 219 (an out building used by the hospital) where I met Jim McKinley in 1977 (a USAF Lab Tech). In fact in early 1978, Jim did our blood work (required at the time) for my marriage to Carol Ostertag. As a result of this meeting, Carol and I reestablished our relationship with Donna and Jim.

I knew they were in Missouri and as a membership person on our Baker Reunion committee I tried numerous times to contact the family about joining our reunion festivities, but always failed to establish contact. Her passing is a great loss to Carol and me, the Baker Class of 1973 and obviously to her beautiful family.

Chuck and Carol Freniere
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Mark and Glenda DeShon

Posted at 11:50pm
You have our deepest sympathy. Donna greeted us in your office in the most kind and professional way. We will miss that.
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Randy Hartman

Posted at 08:02am
We were blessed to have known Donna, and to have a friendship with her and her family. She was a smiling, caring person that we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with, and who always wanted family updates. She made us feel a part of her family, and her a part of ours. Our deepest sympathy to your family. May she rest peacefully.

Randy and Jacquetta
Hartman
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Mike & Nancy Hanrahan

Posted at 11:32pm
We'll always remember her smile. She was a good person with a good heart. She always made people feel welcome.
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Rachel Fore

Posted at 03:16pm
Donna was one of the kindest most genuine people I have had the pleasure to know. When I was in high school and FFA if there wasn't a McKinley around you were doing something wrong. Donna and family never knew a stranger. Donna was always ready with a smile, a hug and warm wishes. McKinley's are family and Donna, for many of us, was the matriarch. Donna, I love you greatly and will miss you the same way.
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