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Rosemary McKinney

On the morning of February 13th 2021, Rosemary McKinney was called home to meet her savior and those she loved that passed before her.

Rosemary was born December 9, 1939 in Stonington, Illinois the daughter of Orville and Beulah (Greer) Cowell.  She married Delbert “Dean” McKinney in December, 1957.

Rosemary's life can be defined by faith and family. She grew up poor but with an uncompromising work ethic. She experienced the ultimate heart ache of losing her daughter unexpectedly. She was blessed in many ways but knew life was a balance of joy and at times sorrow. She chose to focus on the former. Many many more smiles than tears. If she held a certain opinion on a subject, you would know clearly where she stood. If you needed to cry there was compassion, if you wanted to laugh she helped bring it out. Rosemary McKinney showed love and received love. She was amazing, she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years Dean McKinney, her nearly life-long companion. Her son Ron McKinney and 4 grandchildren she loved as much as her own, Greg Szabo, Matt Szabo, Rowan McKinney and James McKinney. Also, many other relatives and countless friends she made at various phases of her life. She is preceded in death by her Parents and daughter – Dianna Jo Szabo.

The family is honoring Rosemary’s wish to be cremated.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Rose was a wonderful lady that will be miss We loved her as family we will continue to pray for Dean Gus and Alger loved ones Rose had asked us some time back to pray for her son grandson and granddaughter May God Bless you all and know she is in God Presents

Sally Bird Feb 26 2021 7:40 PM

I was very lucky to have such an amazing and great person for a Grandma. If there is one thing I have always known, it is that my Grandma loved me, and she always had my back. We talked several times a week on the phone. If I did not call her for a couple of days, she would call and give me guff. The best lesson I learned from her was how to be a self-advocate for myself throughout my life living was a blind person. When I was going into the sixth grade, she made sure that the public school system in Oswego provided all of the appropriate services to make sure my schooling was successful. I learned at that time at only 11 years old that I would need to fight for accommodations or any assistance I might need throughout my life. This does not come naturally to me, but it did to her. I know without my Grandmothers persistence and belief in me, I would not be where I am today in life. My Grandma also had the unfortunate task of informing me that my father had passed away when I was ten, and of my mothers passing, her daughter in 2013. I know those were a couple of the most difficult moments in her life, but we as a family survived those hard times together. I am going to miss most of all her delicious cooking. Some of my favorite things that she would make included her amazing lemon cheese cake, apple cake, and lemon bars. I guess I really like dessert. Thank you again Grandma for making my life better!

Greg Szabo Feb 26 2021 12:19 PM

A very beautiful lady who passed through my life only briefly but with a lasting impression. She loved the Lord greatly and was always eager to talk about Him. She loved her family and it was obvious they loved and cherished her as well. I pray blessing and comfort to all

Sherri Denny Feb 26 2021 7:36 AM

Dean and Ron & Family and Greg and Matt I am so sorry for your Loss.. My Heart hurts deep inside for you all.. She will be so Missed by everyone who knew her... Sending My Condolence & Love to your family...Love Alice..

Alice McKinney Feb 21 2021 6:32 AM

Rest in peace dear sister-in-law. Through the years we shared many good times and also the sorrows that life dealt us. You were a blessing and will be greatly missed. Condolences Dean, Ron and the rest of the family that she loved so much.

Mary Cowell Feb 18 2021 12:07 PM