Minnie Roselyn Hettinger McKay

KNOX CITY, Mo. -- Minnie Roselyn Hettinger McKay, 86, lifelong resident of Knox City, died Sunday (Feb. 24, 2013) in her home.

Minnie was born on Feb. 1, 1927, a daughter of Franklin Henry and Rose Mary Miller Hettinger. She married James Baker McKay on Dec. 23, 1945, and he died on Jan. 12, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Francis, in infancy, Elton, Ronald, Miller and John, and one sister, Imogene Homrighausen.

Upon graduation from the Knox City High School Class of 1944, Minnie entered the Cadet Nurse Training Corps at General Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She was a devoted homemaker all of her married life except for a short period of time that she worked at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital. Her nursing skills were used, however, to care for many family members and friends. She was an excellent seamstress, loved her garden, flowers, squirrels and birds, and was a fierce cribbage player. She was loved by all of her family.

She was an active member of the Knox City Christian Church until her death.

She is survived by five children, Janette Elliott and her husband, Glen, of Sunnyvale, Calif., Melinda Wood and her husband, Keith, of Kirksville, James Benjamin McKay and Debbie Mathews of Knox City, Laura Cooke and her husband, Herbert, of Lincoln, and Kim Hinkle and her husband, Jim, of Knox City; 12 grandchildren and one stepgrandson, James Elliott of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Mark Elliott of New York, Erin Wood of Richmond Heights, Ashlea Wood Costello and her husband, Joe, of Kirksville, Jimmy McKay of Knox City, Angela McKay and her fiancé, Tyler Bounds, of Brooklyn, Iowa, Jordan McKay of Knox City, Alexandra and Meghan Cooke of Lincoln, David, Kathleen and Jennifer Hinkle of Knox City, and Chris Wood and his wife, Meredith, of Dacula, Ga.; one great-grandson, Michael Costello; and two stepgreat-grandsons, Colin and Logan Wood. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

SERVICES: 2 p.m. Friday in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina, with burial following in the Knox City Cemetery. The Revs. Dewayne Wellborn and Sandy Browning will conduct the services. Music will be provided by Brent Karhoff and Anita Miller.

VISITATION: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina.

MEMORIALS: Memorials in memory of Minnie McKay may be made to the Knox County Nutrition Site or the Knox City Cemetery Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

ARRANGEMENTS: Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, Edina.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2013