Beatrice Bartlett McKinley
Beatrice Bartlett McKinley (age 90), passed away peacefully on April 17th 2021. Bea was born on May 30, 1930 in Washington, DC, the daughter of Sarah Wilson Bartlett and Frederick Bartlett. A lifelong resident of Maryland, she grew up in Takoma Park, graduated from Montgomery Blair H.S. and attended the University of Maryland. Bea was married to the late John Douglas McKinley Jr. for 40 years. In 2018 she moved to Reno, Nevada to live near one of her daughters.
Bea's boundless energy and positive attitude were present in all aspects of her life. She was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her home and family. She enjoyed a successful 21-year career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, while raising her daughters as a single mother.
Bea is survived by her sister Jeanne Matthews of Salinas CA; her 4 daughters with first husband Charles H. Benson: Jean Bernstein of Burlington, VT; Mary Benson of Reno, NV; Sara Benson of Boulder, CO; Suzanne Benson of Leavenworth WA; stepdaughter Amy Kefauver of Damariscotta, ME, stepson John McKinley III of Aptos, CA; 8 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.
Her family finds comfort in knowing that all love surrounds Bea as the sweet light within her carries her home.
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Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2021.