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Eileen McKinley

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Eileen M. McKinley


Eileen Marie McKinley, of Tulsa, OK, died peacefully on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
She was born on November 5, 1940, in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents, Oswald and Florence McKinley. She is survived by her sister, Leona Iris Locke (husband David), her nieces Davina Winn (husband Bill) and Lewanna Locke, and two great nieces, Faith Winn and Abigail Winn.

Eileen attended Ambassador College in Pasadena, CA, from 1960 to 1963
and was the first coed from Canada to graduate from Ambassador College.

Eileen touched so many lives and was an extremely dedicated and committed
member of her church, often serving in whatever capacity she was able.

Eileen also served as treasurer for the AC Reunion Committee. She would regularly devote
many hours to prayer and Bible study. She was a loyal sister, aunt and friend.
She will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

In her final instructions, Eileen left the following to share:

I wish to have my family and friends to know I love them.

I wish for my family and friends to look at my dying as a time of personal growth for everyone, including me.


A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on August 10, 2022,
at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in Altadena, California.

Photos: With friends at the AC Reunion, 2015 (left); on the occasion of her 80th birthday, 2020 (right)

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Bob Gerringer (1967)


Eileen McKinley died at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, while under hospice care at her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She was 81.

Eileen was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada on November 5, 1940.  She had the equivalent of three years of college in Canada, and then enrolled at Ambassador College in Pasadena in September 1960.  While a student, she began working in the Payroll Department, and after she graduated in 1963, she continued to work there.

Eileen was quiet and shy, but very intelligent.  She was especially good with numbers, and so Payroll was a great fit.  She was a mainstay in Payroll for over thirty years, insuring everyone was paid accurately and on-time.  When AC Pasadena closed in 1990, Eileen was transferred to Big Sandy to continue her outstanding work in Payroll.

Eileen bought a Pasadena condominium in the 80s, and was astute enough to not sell it when she moved to Big Sandy.  Therefore, when she returned to Pasadena in 1995, she moved back in.  That is also when she began working in finance in an outside firm.  When she retired, she continued doing the books for a local beauty salon until well into her 70s.

Following the small first AC Pasadena Reunion in Las Vegas in February 2013, Carol Stephenson Taylor, Jean Ehlert Updegraff, Cledice Decker, and myself began work preparing for the 2015 Reunion at the Pasadena Hilton.  It soon became apparent we needed a Treasurer, and Cledice suggested her good friend Eileen McKinley.  Thankfully Eileen agreed to join our Reunion Committee to handle our accounts payable, banking, and other financial work.  She was on our Reunion Committee for over eight years -- until this week.

To say Eileen was a good steward of all of our Reunion money was an understatement.  As I said, she was bright and good with numbers, but, oh, so much more.  She was conscientious, hard-working, and precise……...very, very precise.  My only complaint is that she roundly rejected one concept – rounding!  Perhaps this wonderful lady, who was uncompromisingly accurate and honest, felt that rounding was somehow borderline dishonest or a tad misleadingšŸ˜Š.  Regardless, when we spoke at least weekly for months-on-end to review the financial status of the various Reunion accounts, Eileen, without exception, provided exact dollar amounts down to the penny!!   [I really do miss that nowsad.]

Eileen was often able, during the annual Feast of Tabernacles, to travel widely.  Some of her destinations were: Canada, the UK, Germany, Israel, Turkey, Australia, South Africa, Thailand and China.  She mostly travelled in groups, and often with her good friend Cledice Decker.  Eileen was very curious and loved to “see the world”, and I'm sure she never caused any trouble!

In late November 2020, a few weeks after we celebrated her 80th birthday, she sold her condo on South Oak Knoll Ave in Pasadena.  She immediately moved to Warrenton, North Carolina, to be closer to her sister Iris and their family.  Just this past spring, Eileen relocated again, this time to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be nearer some close friends as well as one of her church’s local congregations (there were no congregations anywhere near Warrenton, NC).

Unfortunately, in early May, only weeks after moving into her new home, she fell in the kitchen and broke her hip.  Surgery followed, and then very difficult hospital, skilled nursing, and rehab stays.  She grew weaker and weaker until she was released to friends who could care for her along with the hospice nurses in her own home.  Finally, relief from her struggle and discomfort came early the morning of July 13.

I did not know Eileen well in my AC days, but she grew to be a valued co-worker and a cherished friend these past nine years.  Thank you, Eileen, for your ethical, meticulous service to so many of us.  And thank you for being a dear friend to Connie and me.  We will miss you so much.

There will be a graveside service at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California – we will provide details when they are available.


Eileen's 80th birthday in Altadena:


Eileen at the 2017 Reunion in Las Vegas:


Eileen McKinley and her good friend Cledice Decker at the 2019 Reunion in the Student Center:


Eileen and myself at the 2019 Reunion in the Student Center:


Eileen and Cledice at Cledice's 80th birthday at Mi Piace restaurant in Pasadena:

Two good friends; two terrific people.  We miss you both so much!!  Rest in Peace.......bob

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