Anna “Dee” McKinney, age 92, of Schell City, Missouri, passed away at Moore-Few Care Center on July 14, 2017. Dee was born March 24, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Salvatore and Maria (Busalacchi) Orlando.
Dee married Joseph Harvey McKinney on September 5, 1958. They were married forty years before Joe passed in 1998. Joe and Dee had two daughters, Carolyn Jo Goodman and Joann Bell, both of Schell City, MO.
Because Joe was in construction, Joe, Dee, and Joann spent many years traveling for Joe’s jobs. They lived in numerous states before Joe retired in 1975, and they moved back to Schell City, where their daughter Carolyn and Joe’s siblings lived.
Dee loved the years of traveling and enjoyed making new friends everywhere she went. Those who met Dee never forgot her. She was very unique and loved to speak her mind. You never had to guess what she was thinking, because she usually told you.
After Joe passed in 1998, Dee moved in with her youngest daughter, Joann and her husband, Kent, and their girls. She lived with them ten years, in which time Kent took the opportunity to make many hilarious memories with Dee through his continual teasing. She was very good at dishing it right back.
Dee was a member of the Schell City United Methodist Church and became a Christian early in her married life. She enjoyed her daily morning gatherings for coffee at Madalyns’s Kitchen. She also enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking, and shopping.
Preceding Dee in death were her husband, Joe, her parents, three brothers, and one sister.
Survivors include her two daughters, Carolyn Jo Goodman and husband, Ervin, of Schell City and Joann Bell and husband, Kent, of Schell City; grandchildren: Kelly Bell, Eddie Goodman, Ashley Long, all of Schell City, and Alysia Bell, of El Dorado Springs; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild, and her brother, Joe Orlando, of Las Vegas, NV, who is ninety-four years old.
A memorial service for Dee McKinney was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the El Dorado Springs Church of God (Holiness) with Rev. Joe Trussell and Rev. Silas McGehee officiating. Music was provided by Curtis Worthington, Faith Trussell, and Strong Tower Quartet. Disposition was by inurnment under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.