Jean McKinley

1933 - 2020
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McKINLEY, Helen Jean (nee Hollingshead)

Passed away at University Hospital, London on Tuesday May 19, 2020 in her 88th year.

Loving wife and best friend of the late Peter McKinley (1998). Loving mother of Alison McKinley and Amy VanPaemel (Lynn). Cherished grandmother of Kyle VanPaemel (Jodi-Lynn Zimba), Kate DeLeebeeck (Matthew), and great grandson Tyler. Predeceased by her siblings Margaret Carter, William, Jack, Gordon, and Barbara Hollingshead. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Jean enjoyed painting, gardening and her time spent at her cottage in Turkey Point.

She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

A private family service will be held at Harris Street Cemetery, Ingersoll.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada would be appreciated.

Arrangements entrusted to the McBeath-Dynes Funeral Home 519-425-1600.

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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 |
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    Harris Street Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Ingersoll, Ontario
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 |
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    Harris Street Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Ingersoll, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Nora White

Posted at 02:50pm
Sorry to hear of Jean's passing. I have fond memories of working with Jean at the Bank of Montreal. Sincerely, Nora ( MacMillan) White.

Kyle Nazwaski and Susan Plat

Posted at 07:02pm
We both enjoyed our visits with Jean on her porch in Turkey Point. Our Turkey Point community will miss her dearly.
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Doug & Doreen

Posted at 02:54pm
To Amy and Alison and family: Please accept our sincere sympathies on the loss of your mother. She was such a good friend to Effie Cunningham and we remember Effie telling us many times about her visits with Jean.
Doug & Doreen Nash

Marnie Falkiner

Posted at 07:07pm
Dear Friends and Family,
Jean McKinley has been a very special and important part of many children’s lives and I’m lucky that I was one of them. Jean had a special love for children all through her life and she always made us feel unique, heard, understood and valued. She talked to children as if they were peers and she listened. We felt comfortable asking Jean anything and she would answer openly and honestly.

Jean was a farm girl who loved children, gardening, painting, animals (guinea pigs too), Alison, Amy, Pete, family and her many friends. I often thought of her as mother earth tending her gardens and feeding the birds, squirrels and all the neigbours’ dogs that came over daily for their treat and pet.

I met Jean (and Pete) when I was 2 years old (and I’m old enough to retire now). They lived next door to my grandparents on Park Ave in Ingersoll. My mother had died a few months earlier and Jean became a mother figure to me all of my life. I spent my holidays and summers with my grandparents and the McKinley’s. Jean, Pete, Alison and Amy will always remain in my heart.

The McKinley house never seemed small even though it was filled with kids when I was growing up and there was always room for one more. Jean taught me about nature and took me for toad and polliwog hunts in the woods. Pete and Jean taught me how to fish and drive a boat and a stick shift car. They comforted me and protected me. Jean answered all those awkward questions about puberty and losing our loved ones too early.

I learned about love by watching Jean and Pete. He was her hero and she was the love of his life. They were so happy just being together.

Jean was gentle, a little shy and unassuming. She didn’t want to bother people and instead she was headstrong and did it herself or went without. Alison, much like her mother, became Jean’s best friend, care giver and confidant. Jean was able to stay in her home and have some independence through Alison’s constant support. They both have that Hollingshead stubborn streak and shared that dry, wicked sense of humour that would surprise you.

My heart still grows tender when I drive near the McKinley house on the 401 and 19. Ingersoll is still in my heart and memories. I love you Jean and you will be greatly missed.

Kelly Thede

Posted at 01:30pm
Amy and Alison: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. There are so many fond memories of growing up on Park Ave. Your mother was like a second mom to all the kids on the street and will always be remembered for her kindness and teacher of some great life lessons. She will always be remembered..Kelly ( Burrill ) Thede.

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