Carol Marie McKinley

December 25, 1929October 4, 2019

Carol Marie McKinley, age 89, resident of High Point, NC, former resident of Whittier, CA. passed peacefully on Friday, October 4, at Gray Brier Nursing and Rehab Center in Trinity, NC.

Carol McKinley was born on December 25, 1929 in Pasadena, CA, daughter of the late Robert Siders and late Alma Marie Cameron Eden. Carol married Gene Edwin McKinley on June 13,1948. In 1955 Carol and Gene bought their first home on Mills Whittier, CA where they raised their family. Carol lived in this home until 2011 when she was no longer able to care for herself. She then lived with her daughters, who took care of her, switching from one to the other every few months, but ultimately stayed in NC for the past 3 years due to her health. She was employed for years as an office manager in the wholesale appliance industry. Carol was also an Amway Distributor for many years, enjoying being in business with her late husband.

Throughout her years, Carol was involved in several social organizations and she enjoyed volunteering whenever she could. She loved to travel and traveled to many places in her RV. She was an avid Elvis Presley fan and listened to his music often. As most of Carol’s family and friends know, she loved and enjoyed teddy bears, having a collection of several hundred bears. Carol will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Carol McKinley is survived by her sons, Michael McKinley; Brian McKinley (Patti Wilson); and Daniel McKinley all of CA, her daughters, Lynda McClellan of CA and Shannon McKinley (Wayne Brown) of NC; grandchildren, Michael Patterson, Crystal Patterson, Darren McKinley, Jason McClellan, Gregory McClellan, Steven McClellan, Jennifer Vidler, Gene McKinley, Kristopher McKinley, Ryan McKinley, Alison Baldridge, Katelyn Martinez-Chavez, Bobby Kimbrell, and Jessica Benton; along with numerous great grandchildren.

Mrs. McKinley is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Gene McKinley, and her sister, Betty Bird. She will be cherished as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Funeral services will be held at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, CA on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 3:00pm at The Hillside Chapel. Pastor Eddie Cuen will officiate. Immediately followed by a graveside service at Rose Hills Memorial Park.

Carol will always be in our hearts.


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Gene McKinley

October 20, 2019

So many great memories of grandma! I remember all the times she help with book reports which I was always good at waiting until the last minute. But they always turned out great. How about all those trips to Universal? So much fun. The holidays were chaotic and I loved every minute. And two years ago, grandma even made it to my wedding at Walt Disney World Florida! She was the best Queen of Hearts. I love you grandma.