Minnie was born on February 1, 1927, the daughter of Franklin Henry and Rose Mary Miller Hettinger. She married James Baker McKay on December 23, 1945, who preceded her in death on January 12, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, Francis, in infancy, Elton, Ronald, Miller and John, and one sister, Imogene Homrighausen. She was an active member of the Knox City Christian Church until her death.
She is survived by five children: Janette Elliott and husband, Glen of Sunnyvale, CA, Melinda Wood and husband Keith of Kirksville, MO, James Benjamin McKay and Debbie Mathews of Knox City, MO, Laura Cooke and husband Herbert of Lincoln, MO, and Kim Hinkle and husband Jim of Knox City, MO. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and one step-grandson: James Elliott of San Luis Obispo, CA, Mark Elliott of New York, NY, Erin Wood of Richmond Heights, MO, Ashlea Wood Costello and husband Joe of Kirksville, MO, Jimmy McKay of Knox City, Angela McKay and fiancé Tyler Bounds of Brooklyn, IA, Jordan McKay of Knox City, MO, Alexandra and Meghan Cooke of Lincoln, MO, David, Kathleen and Jennifer Hinkle of Knox City, MO, and Chris Wood and wife Meredith of Dacula, GA; one great grandson Michael Costello, and two step-great grandsons Colin and Logan Wood. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Upon graduation from the Knox City High School Class of 1944, Minnie entered the Cadet Nurse Training Corps at General Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She was a devoted homemaker all of her married life except for a short period of time that she worked at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital. Her nursing skills were used, however, to care for many family members and friends. She was an excellent seamstress, loved her garden, flowers, squirrels and birds, and was a fierce cribbage player. She was loved by all of her family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina, MO, with burial following in the Knox City Cemetery. The Reverends Dewayne Wellborn and Sandy Browning will officiate the services. Music will be provided by Brent Karhoff and Anita Miller. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013, with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel in Edina, MO. Memorials in memory of Minnie McKay may be made to the Knox County Nutrition Site or the Knox City Cemetery Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.