BLACKWELL — Aline Beverly McKinnis, of Blackwell, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2017, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell, at the age of 91 years.
Aline was born on Feb. 25, 1926, in Canton, Kan., the daughter of Harve B. and Laura Fern Oard Cathey. As a young girl she moved with her family to Kay County where she attended Dilworth School before attending Blackwell High School graduating in 1944. Following her education, she began working as a bookkeeper at Blackwell Zinc Company. She married Robert Thomas McKinnis on Sept. 15, 1947, in Caldwell, Kan. and they settled in Canyon City, Colo., where they operated an apple orchard. In 1950 they moved to Tonkawa and in 1951 made their home in Blackwell where she served her family as a homemaker. In later years, she worked at Tastee-Freeze in Blackwell. Following her husband’s retirement, they spent the winter months in South Texas where they enjoyed fishing. Her husband preceded her in death on May 26, 2001 and she continued to make Blackwell her home. She was a member of First Christian Church. She enjoyed crocheting and playing various card and board games.
She is survived by her son, Wade McKinnis, of Bethany; two sisters, Glenda Rickards, of Blackwell and Jean Bergman and husband Morgan, of Blackwell; a grandson, Cory McKinnis and wife Rhonda, of Oklahoma City and a great-grandson, Cory Bryce McKinnis, of Oklahoma City.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Wayne and Dean Cathey.
A service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Roberts and Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Koch officiating. Burial will follow in Blackwell Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Brett Bergman, Lance Bergman, Skye Bergman, Justin Ebert, Joe Ebert and Louis Oard.
A memorial has been established in her honor with First Christian Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com.