SPRINGFIELD – Helen Louise McKinney, 87, of Springfield died at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, at Heritage Manor. She was born Nov. 1, 1921, in Petersburg, the daughter of Louis and Louella (Sutton) Hess.
She married Ralph S. McKinney on April 8, 1950; he preceded her in death in 1992.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ruth Rossiter, and sister, Lucille Payne.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (husband, Donald) Sutherd of Springfield; two sons, Earl (wife, Pearl) Throop of Springfield and Charles R. (wife, Kathy) McKinney of Georgia; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Albright.
Helen was a resident of Springfield for three years. She worked at Olin Factory in East Alton, retiring in 1983.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. Burial will be at Farmington Cemetery in Farmingdale.
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