Emily McKinney

McKinney, Emily Dean Slone Died at Methodist Richardson Medical Center in Richardson, Texas, on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Emily was 67 years old. Emily was born on October 21, 1946 in Irving, Texas, where she grew up and went to school. She was the first child of Charles and Juanita Slone, and sister to Kenneth Slone, all of whom preceded her in death. She was a beloved wife and mother who had a passion for helping, healing and teaching others. She studied at Baylor Nursing School at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, where she met her future husband, Michael. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1968 and embarked on a long and fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse in the field of obstetrics, through which she touched the lives of many thousands of people and families. During her career as an RN, and while raising her two children, she also obtained a Masters of Science in Nursing in 1982 from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas. She spent 28 years teaching Women's Health, Maternal & Neonatal nursing at Tarrant County Junior College (now Tarrant County College), Grayson County College, and her alma mater Baylor University Nursing School. She was for 22 years a co-author of two major obstetrical nursing textbooks and numerous other study guides. In 1999, she was named one of DFW's Great 100 Nurses. For several years she was on the editorial board of JOGNN (The Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing), and in 2006 was named JOGNN Reviewer Of The Year. She continued her professional review process for JOGNN until her death. Emily was also an accomplished seamstress and needle-worker who enjoyed all manner of crafts including quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch, knitting, crochet and sewing. In her free time, she could often be found quilting, knitting caps for premature babies, or sewing clothes for her husband or granddaughter. Above all, Emily was a Christian who loved the Lord, and lived her faith each and every day. She was a beloved member of The Heights Baptist Church and her Adult Bible Fellowship class. Church services had been cancelled due to ice the morning of her death, but there is no doubt that she-like her mother, who also died on a Sunday-did indeed worship her Savior that day in glory. Emily is survived by her husband of 45 years, Michael; daughters, Catherine McKinney and Amy McKinney; and granddaughter, Victoria Hobbs. Memorial and Celebration service will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 4 p.m. in the chapel at The Heights Baptist Church, 201 W. Renner Rd, Richardson, Texas. Immediately following the service will be a time of fellowship and remembrance in the chapel atrium. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University. Online at www.baylor.edu/give or mailed to University Development, 1 Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798-7050.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 12, 2013