Lois Anne McKinney (Ralston)
(1936 - 2017)

Lois Anne McKinney (Ralston)

Hawaii, United States of America
October 12, 1936

Oregon, United States of America
November 11, 2017

Wood working, baking, gardening, reading and boating
This site is dedicated to Lois McKinney.
Lois Anne McKinney, 81, a long time resident of Lake Oswego, passed away November 11, 2017. She was born on the island of Kauai October 12, 1936 and lived there with her parents and sister until moving to Lake Oswego in 1948. She graduated from Lake Oswego High School and kept many good friends from her early years in Oregon. Lois belonged to the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma while attending the University of Oregon and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1958.
Lois married Warren McKinney December 27, 1958. They met while attending a summer school course at Portland State University. She was looking forward to celebrating 59 years of marriage in a few weeks.
Lois began working as a teacher following college but soon became well known as an artist crafting handmade wooden ornaments of many shapes, themes, and colors. She was one of the early members of LOCAL 14, and artists’ guild based in Lake Oswego and enjoyed many good friends from those years as well. Her last profession before retiring in 1997 was as the Food Service Director for Lake Oswego Schools where she earned a reputation for insisting on providing quality meals to both students and staff. During her tenure fast food was not the norm in school cafeterias.
An avid reader, Lois delighted in thousands of stories, mostly romance novels. There were always several collections of books next to one of her reading chairs, referred to as “to read”, “donate”, and “return”. She greatly enjoyed her garden and patio filled with an assortment of vegetables and flowers, still pouring through gardening catalogs to her last days. A self-proclaimed professional organizer, not much in her house was safe from a new box, shelf, or the label maker.
Lois and Mac spent many years on their second home, a 30 foot sailboat moored near Cathlamet, Washington where again many friendships developed.
She is survived by husband Warren McKinney, sister Sue Collins, children Michael McKinney, Jerry McKinney, Kathleen McKinney(Giramur), 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and countless friends.

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My heartfelt condolences are extended to the McKinney family for the loss of your dear loved one. Although the pain you feel in your hearts is great, I pray that the hope that God gives us in His Word, the Bible, can provide you with a measure of comfort. John 5:28, 29 promises that "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will...come out." Imagine being able to welcome back all of our loved ones who have passed on! What a wonderful time we have to look forward to.
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December 8th, 2017
My most favorite memory of Lois was her sense of humor..very wry, relaxed and witty.She and her sister Sue, were longtime residents of Lake Oswego and we shared many memories.
As I hang her little hand-painted ornaments on my Christmas tree this week I will recall my sweet friend Lois. I will miss you. Condolences to Warren (Mac) and all the progeny.
Janet Livesay (Friend)
December 4th, 2017
Lois, you were one of my very first friends when I moved to Lake Grove in 1948, and I have admired you, and your wit, ever since. I'll save the stories for later, and try not to tell any you might object to. Aloha!
David Hedges (Friend)
December 3rd, 2017
Moose: My condolences for the loss of a woman I remember as warm and caring. Best wishes from a long ago Lincoln High Schooler.
Brent Norman (Friend)
December 3rd, 2017
You are the best mother-in-law a women could ever ask for. We will always hold dear the annual trips to the Oregon coast we shared.
We love you.

Tracy & Jerry McKinney ((kids))
November 27th, 2017
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