Emily McKinney

Obituary of Emily Marie McKinney

Emily Marie McKinney took her last breath on this earth on January 8, 2024, at The Communities of Indian Haven.  She went peacefully as she went home to be with Jesus, and we know she was joyfully embraced by her husband and many others.  Pieces of her loved one’s hearts went with her.   And as life teaches us, it is only when the sweetest thing ceases to exist that we truly know the treachery of its absence.


Emily was born May 13, 1939, in West Wheatfield Township, the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Ellen (Campion) St. Clair.  Also preceded in death by husband Harold E. McKinney, twin sons William and Henry McKinney, sisters Olive Penrose and Marion Garland, and furry best friend Brutus.


Survived by son Harold McKinney and wife Bambi (Johns), Mechanicsburg, Ann Yeager and husband Chuck, Pittsburgh.  Grandsons Patrick McKinney and wife Kara, Mechanicsburg; Brandon McKinney, Mountlake Terrace, WA; John Rougeaux and wife Megan, New Florence; Jake Rougeaux and wife Shannon, Courtland, OH.  Step grandsons Mark Crummett and wife Briana, Harrisburg; Jason Yeager, Oakmont; and Greg Yeager, Pittsburgh.  Great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Elijah, Isabel McKinney; Jack, Ryan, and J.T. Rougeaux.  Sisters Peg Clevenger, Indiana; and Claudia Shoenfelt and special friend Rodger Evans, Indiana.


There is not a word that adequately describes Emily.   Those who knew her would tell you she had a big heart and a frisky personality.  She would always have some comment to make you laugh or smile. One of her proudest moments was January 20, 2003, when she was recognized for her outstanding bowling with a high game of 166 by The Rainbow League at Bolivar Lanes.   In addition to bowling, you could find her out somewhere dancing, stopping at yard sales or shopping at Boscov’s.


Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 pm Wednesday at Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home, 139 Ligonier St., New Florence where service will be held 11 am Thursday.  Bishop Joseph McGauley officiating.  Private interment Isabelle Cemetery. 


Emily family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of The Communities at Indian Haven and 360 Hospice for the care and compassion Emily received in her latter stages.  Emily requested no flowers and memorial contributions may be made to Armagh-Seward Presbyterian Church, PO Box 301, Seward, PA 15954, or Faith Lutheran Church, 6810 US Rt 22, New Florence, PA 15944.