Beatrice Bartlett McKinley
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.
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Dear Jeannie, Mary, Sara, and Suzanne,
The Matthews Family extends its deepest condolences to you all on the passing of your mother. Aunt Bea was a very kind and gentle soul who always made me feel accepted and loved, even as a awkward kid. She leaves behind many cheerful hearts that she touched over the years.
-Michael, Beatrice, David, Timmy, Christopher Matthews
Michael Matthews
April 25, 2021
Dear Jean, Mary, Sara, and Suzanne,
Your mother had such a joyful and kind presence.
When I would hang out with Suzanne at your house in Kensington, I loved seeing Bea and lingering with her in the kitchen. She was nurturing, welcoming, and I had a mom crush on her.
She was one of the moms in our group of friends who warmed my childhood and youth. In my adulthood I have reflected about our mothers, and recognized how they all influenced me, including Bea.
The beautiful photo you have chosen captures her inner and outer radiance. She was an inspiring woman of generous heart and spirit.
May you all find grace in the cherished memories you have of her, and may her legacy live brilliantly in your hearts.
All positive energies of the Infinite Beyond welcome her now. Peace be with your family.
Aziza Doumani
April 24, 2021
She was a lovely lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. McKinley and her family during this time.
Heidi Lahm-Huber and Mike Huber
April 23, 2021
RIP Mrs McKinley. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time
Emily Swengros Sullivan
April 22, 2021
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