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Christine Ann Wheeler-McKinney

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Christine Ann Wheeler-McKinney

LEXINGTON: Christine Ann Wheeler-McKinney, age 61, went to be with her Savior on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at her home. She died of a broken heart and COPD, due to a 40 year smoking habit.

Christine was born June 9,1951 at White Cross Hospital (Riverside) in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of the late Vera (Stokes) Wheeler. A 1969 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, Christine worked for General Motors for 30 years in Parma, Lordstown and Mansfield. Christine retired from GM in 2008 and started a company called Appletree Cabinet in Lexington.

One of her most precious moments, other than witnessing her children's "firsts", was being born again and baptized in 2004. She was very active with Boy Scout Troop 152 in Lexington and helped five Eagle Scouts with their Courts of Honor. Christine raised a family of five, with three of them being raised at Hillcrest Farm, the Lawrence/McKinney family farm, in Lexington. Besides being a talented seamstress, she enjoyed canning produce from the garden, writing short stories and poems, and raising chickens. However, her greatest joy by far was delighting in her children.

She is survived by her husband, a man she loved dearly for 28 years: Loren J. McKinney of Lexington; her children: Wenona (Scott) Wichlinski and their children, Cameron and Eli, of Powell; Joseph Stankiewicz and his children, Tatum and Mathias, of Lexington; Phillip McKinney, fiancé Morgan Brooks and their daughter, Kiersten, of Plain City; Joshua McKinney of Lexington; Elizabeth (Matthew) Taylor, of Lexington.

The middle child of 6, she is also survived by the best brothers and sisters a sibling could have: Helen (Gary) Swanson of Chicago; Dewey (Sandy) Wheeler of California; Vera (Jim) Spencer of Marysville; Collin (Linda) Wheeler, (whom she regarded a sister by love), of Grandview and William Wheeler of Texas, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is the most wonderful mother by love (mother-in-law): Betty McKinney of Shelby; and cherished friends: Cindee Shealy and Sheila Kennard. She was preceded in death by very dear mother and fathers by love (mother and fathers-in-law): Maria and Antoni Stankiewicz, and Dale McKinney.

Friends may call on Tuesday July 31, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 1nd by Rev. Jeff Pennington of Grace Bretheren Church in Galion. Memorial expressions may be made to Boy Scout Troop 152.

To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com

Published in the News Journal on July 30, 2012
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