Friday, May 21, 2010

Lois Wanita McKinnis, age 86, formerly of Uniontown and more recently of Fort Scott, Kan., died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Mercy Health Center of Fort Scott.

She was born July 11, 1923, in Bronson, Kan., the daughter of Fred and Jennie Marvin Goodno.

She was a graduate of Bronson High School. She attended Fort Scott Junior College and Pittsburg State Teachers College. She was a teacher prior to her marriage.

She married the love of her life, Norman McKinnis, on Feb. 14, 1943, at Hog Holler in Uniontown.

Together they raised three children on a farm North of Uniontown.

She was a devoted member of the First Missionary Baptist church in Uniontown while she lived there. She served as the church secretary, taught Sunday School, Bible School, and was an active member of the American Baptist Woman's Association.

Lois had a long career of 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service. She served as postmaster in Uniontown and made many lifetime friends.

Norman passed away in 1979, but Lois continued to love and live life through her children and grandchildren. She served her church and served the Lord each day of her life.

After moving to Fort Scott, she became a member of the First Baptist Church.

She greatly enjoyed cooking for her family as well as gardening. She will be missed by all who knew her and will never be forgotten by her friends and loved ones.

Survivors include one son, Jim McKinnis and wife Mary, Fort Scott; two daughters, Nita Campbell and husband John, Uniontown, and Beth McKinnis, Albuquerque, New Mexico; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; two brothers, Elza and Clyde Goodno; and one sister, Doris George.

Pastor Lloyd Houk will conduct funeral services for Lois McKinnis at 2:30 p.m., Monday, May 24, in the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown. Burial will follow in the Uniontown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the First Missionary Baptist Church, Uniontown or First Baptist Church, Fort Scott, and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.