Created August 27, 2018

In Memory

This eternal flame burns forever
in remembrance of Mary L. McKinnon

Mary McKinnon

November 8, 1934 - September 27, 2020

Mary L. McKinnon age 85 of Parkers Chapel passed away Sunday,

September 27, 2020 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, following a

brief illness. Mary was born on November 8, 1934 in Prescott, AR to the

late Florence Hall Ledbetter and Dennis Ferrish Ledbetter.

Raised on a dairy farm Mary was the oldest daughter of 6 children. She

learned to milk cows and can garden produce at a young age. She

attended college at Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas

University) where she majored in business education and graduated in

three years. College is also where she met and married Morris McKinnon

on September 2, 1955. Both Mary and Morris went on to work for the

Mount Holly School District for 28 years and at Parkers Chapel School for

2 years as administrators and teachers. She attended the University of

Fayetteville during summers working on her Masters Degree in

Secondary Education. Mary McKinnon retired with 30 years and went on

to substitute at Parkers Chapel for another 15 years. She touched many

lives as an educator and those lives touched her.

Mary was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church where

she served as treasurer for 20 years. She was the secretary/treasurer of

the Curtis Grove and Pleasant Grove Cemeteries. She also was part of

the church group who sang twice a month at Nursing Homes for 35 years.

She was a member of the Derrick City Sams Camping Club and Camp

Hosted at Lake Catherine State Park for 30 years.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Bobbie Jo

Ledbetter; one grandson, Matthew Reaves; son in law, Mike Reaves, and

grandson in law, Josh Koon.

Those left to cherish her memory include; her husband of 65 years, Morris

McKinnon; two daughters, Kathy Reaves, and Rhonda Swilley and

husband Tracy, all of Parkers Chapel; two sons, Randall McKinnon and

wife Cathy of Fairplay, CO, and Steve McKinnon and wife Regina of

Farmerville, LA; five grandchildren, Dianna Adams, Chris Reaves,

Amanda Brown and husband Harvey, Kimberly McKinnon and Koby

McKinnon; six great grandchildren, Addalyn Adams, Emma Adams,

Karley Koon, Wesson Koon, Dallas Malone and Graeham Malone; three

sisters, Martha Thomas of Eureka Springs, AR, Dorothy Bayne of Tyler,

TX, Elizabeth Collins and husband Clay of Hope, AR; one brother,

Tommy Ledbetter of Eureka Springs; two sisters in law, Billie Jean Loftin

of Shreveport, and Frances McKinnon of Fayetteville; two brothers in law,

Jerry McKinnon and wife Sue, and Danny McKinnon, all of Bossier City,

LA; special nephew, Larry Carter and wife Carolyn along with a host of

other nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September

30, 2020 at Bailey Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 on

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church,

with Bro. Tracy Roden officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove

Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Koby McKinnon, Chris Reaves, Sterling Claypoole,

Tommy Pierce, Jeremy Carter, Troy Bayne, Harvey Brown and Greg

Bayne. Honorary pallbearers will be: current and past members of the

Derrick City Sams Camping Club, fellow faculty and her former students.

Any planned memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Cemetery or

Curtis Grove Cemetery Funds, C/O Morris McKinnon, 6732 Wesson Rd,

Junction City, AR 71749

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Though She's gone, She is not forgotten.
Though absent, She remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, She now rests.

by The Arkansas Good Sams

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