Norma Rae McKinney | News, Sports, Jobs
Norma was born to Lena Mae (Taylor) and Antonio Kosta on February 25, 1936 in Rio Hondo, Texas, and came to the Lord early in the morning on May 31, 2021 in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Norma spent her formative years in Texas and California, where she graduated from Tulelake High School in 1954. Norma enrolled at Lewis and Clark College and Point Loma University to earn her degree in economics. housekeeper, and at Lewis and Clark College, she met a handsome young man, John Thomas (Tom) McKinney. A year after being pinned, they married in 1957. Their adventure together quickly began in Pasadena, California, where their 3 daughters Cynthia, Amy and Jennifer were born. Soon after, Tom’s job moved the family to Chesham, Great Missenden and Gerrard’s Cross in England, where they spent the next 7 years as a family exploring the English countryside, having adventures in Europe in a VW Kombi. and cross the Atlantic Ocean in the QEII. at least 5 times (Norma REALLY didn’t like to fly … “it’s for birds”). Eventually, Tom’s work returned to the United States where the family settled into their new life in New Hampshire. Norma has been involved in oil and canvas painting, quilting clubs, designing, developing and selling Christmas crafts and ornaments for some time, volunteering with quilting clubs. local gardening by helping to organize many fun events such as fabulous flower shows. She was also co-facilitator of the Mont Vernon beautification committee for several years. During this time, she returned to college and earned her interior design certification, putting her skills into practice in her own home.
His proudest achievement was seeing his three daughters graduate from college. Those who knew her will remember how much fun she had decorating, preparing and enjoying the Thanksgiving and Christmas season with her family. This included “sharing the spirit” by creating new Christmas wreaths and distributing them to those she loved. His love for his family has never been deterred, not even by a pandemic. She looked forward to and enjoyed her weekly video calls where she shared her words of encouragement consistently and at the end of every call, telling her beautiful girls how proud she was and how much she loved them .
Norma is survived by her husband Tom McKinney, her daughters Cindy Bruce (of Imperial, CA), Amy Mechem. (from Broadlands, Virginia) and Jennifer Murphy (from Lincroft, New Jersey and Naples, Florida); grandchildren Mandy and Caiti; and great-grandchildren Abby and Evan.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Mont Vernon Congregational Church on Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 10 a.m.
If you would like to honor Norma’s life, please donate to: Maguerite’s Place (https://www.margueritesplace.org) or St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital (https://www.stjude.org/about-st- jude / visit / locations.html). In the memo line of your donation, please indicate “in memory of Norma Rae McKinney, Mont Vernon, NH.”
Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. If you would like to share your condolences, thoughts, memories, prayers, please do so at www.smith-heald.com.