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Elizabeth "Betty" McKinley

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Elizabeth A. "Betty" McKinley, 86, of Alamogordo, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the Beehive.
Mrs. McKinley was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Springfield, Mo., to Thomas Harrison and Della (Stowe) Gideon. She had lived in Alamogordo since 1966 and was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she operated the food pantry and clothing closet for 25 years.
Betty attended Southwest Missouri College and worked for Curtis Wright Aircraft. She later finished her degree in 1972 with the first graduating class at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Joseph W. "Joe" McKinley, of the family home; a son, Mark McKinley, of Rio Rancho; and two grandchildren, Shandalyn Rae McKinley, of Bridgeport, Texas, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Mark W. McKinley Jr., of Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
A memorial tribute to Betty's life will take place Sunday following the 9 a.m. worship service at Wesley United Methodist Church.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions can be made to The Gideon International, P.O. Box 188, Alamogordo, NM 88311-0188; or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 101 Dale Scott Ave., Alamogordo, NM 88310.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 11 to June 25, 2009
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