LaRose M. “Rosie” McKinney

November 25, 2016

LaRose M. “Rosie” McKinney, 67, of rural Frankfort died surrounded by her family at 9:45 p.m. November 25, 2016 in her home.  Born October 25, 1949 in Frankfort, Ind., to Russell and Shirley (Dawald) Newell.  Rosie was a 1967 graduate of Clinton Central High School.  She married Jay T. McKinney on July 6, 1969 in Michigantown Christian Church and he survives.  She taught preschool at Learn ‘N Play Preschool in Michigantown Christian Church for 32 years and also worked at the Michigan Road Library from 1988 until present.  She is a member of Michigantown Christian Church and was very active, teaching Sunday School and was past Vice President and Secretary of the Women’s Council.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, cooking, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made in Rosie’s honor to Michigantown Christian Church with envelopes available at the funeral home.  

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 1, 2016 at Michigantown Christian Church, 108 West Second Street, Michigantown, IN.   Sam Guilliams, minister will officiate.  Burial will follow in Whiteman Cemetery.

Survived by:

Surviving along with her husband Jay T. McKinney are her Daughters:  Melissa (Ryan) Shuey of Kokomo and Lora (Kyle) Smith of Noblesville;  Son:  Jason (Brandie) McKinney of Dayton, OH;  Brother:  Mark (Nina) Newell of Michigantown;  Sister:  Sarah Webb of Rural Michigantown;  Father-in-law:  Harold (Maxine) McKinney of Frankfort; and 9 Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents.


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44 Condolences for “LaRose M. “Rosie” McKinney”

  1. Karl November 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    We adore you Miss Rosie. Enjoy your reward.

  2. Beth Shaff November 26, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

  3. Bob & Susan Woods November 26, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    We were very saddened to hear of Rosie’s passing. She was such an exceptionally kind, gracious, and loving woman who will certainly be missed by everyone who knew her. Rosie was always smiling and so full of joy. We are especially grateful that she was faithful to the Lord throughout her life, and it brings us much peace and comfort to know she is in His presence now. Our condolences and our prayers are extended to Jay and all the family; may God bless you always.

  4. Lyn Salem November 26, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Rosie was one of my favorite people at vacation bible school every year! She had a beautiful voice signing to us and with us. She was so full of joy and excitement for the Lord! I’m so sorry that she has gone before us to see her Heavenly Father. We pray for your family in this time of sadness.

  5. Howard & Dorinda Burrell November 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Praying for the family. Rosie was such a sweet lady. We are all better from knowing her.

  6. Donna Abbott November 26, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    So saddened to hear this but have a joyous heart knowing that Rosie is walking the “streets of gold” with Our Savior.Thoughts and prayers for Jay and family.

  7. Katrina McKibben November 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Rest in Peace wonderful lady. When I was living in Michigantown as a kid, we were a 30 second walk from the library. I often spent days there with her in the summers. She was always very good to me.

  8. Connie Sanders Vaughn November 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I was so sorry to hear
    of the passing of Rosie. She was my best friend when I lived in Michigantown. We spent many Happy and fun hours together. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Prayers for all of her family.

  9. Ed & Sharon Spray November 26, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Sorry for your loss! Prayers for all the family!!!

  10. Nancy Richey November 26, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    So sorry Jay and family. She will be missed. Prayers.

  11. Greg November 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss
    Praying for all

  12. Erick F Dircks November 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Very Sorry for your loss, she was a high spirited woman! Prayers for family & friends through these trying times! God Bless & Take Care of You Rosie!

  13. Pat November 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    My heartfelt condolences for Rosie’s family. Was saddened to learn of Rosie’s passing. A warm, caring and loving lady. She will most certainly be missed.

  14. Bill & Char Rogers November 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Such a lovely smile and kind heart. So happy that she knew the Lord so we can rejoice.

  15. Brenda Townsend November 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    She was always smiling every time I seen her. What a loss on earth but heaven gained a wonderful woman. Prayers for the family.

  16. Nicole (Randolph) Pries November 26, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Rosie was my preschool teacher, and then my favorite librarian as I voraciously read everything I could get my hands on. She was always kind and loving, and I will continue to try to emulate her spirit with my own students. I am so sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye, and I am very sorry for her family. She is impossible to replace. I will always think of her when I think of riding my bike to the library. Praying for all of you as you mourn her loss.

  17. Doug and Roxy Bachtoldp November 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Jay and family, our sincere sympathy to you on the loss of the sweet. Rosie. What a Christmas she will be celebrating this year!

  18. Gloria and Phil Crum November 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Rosie was a caring and considerate Christian. These traits showed in everything she did and the way she connected with people. She will be missed more than words can expressed. She leaves a wonderful legacy that her family can be proud of. Now she is reunited with her Mother and Father in Heaven. God Bless Jay, her children and siblings as they morn her lost. Be comforted in her precious memories. Our Love,

  19. Rose Peterson November 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    So sorry for the loss to the family. Please know that my prayers are going heavenward for your family at this time. God give you His great comfort today and always.

  20. Donna Ridenour November 26, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    She was such a kind and giving soul. Praying that your many wonderful memories surround you at this difficult time. Donna Ridenour and family

  21. Carol Rodibaugh November 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    It is, indeed, very sad to hear this news tonight. I will always remember Rosie…first as my daughter’s kind and caring pre-school teacher, and then seeing her periodically at the library. Rosie was always a day-brightener. A very special lady she was. Very sad, this news.
    My heartfelt sympathy to all.

  22. Cindy Saul Black November 27, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Our thoughts and prayers be with the McKinney families. Rosie was a Sweetheart. My kids and I will miss her dearly. She was a treasure to our community. God bless.
    Cindy Saul Black

  23. Donna Ebert Landers November 27, 2016 at 6:54 am

    To Jay McKinney family & Newell family my prayers are with you all at this time. I always looked forward in seeing Rosie at the Library when I visited my sister Gloria Crum at their home outside of Michigantown. Rosie had such a lovely spirit about her. A friendly smile that gave a warm happy feeling that she was glad to see you. God Bess you all.

  24. Debbie Voorhis November 27, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I remember Rosie very well. She was always full of life and smiles. I am so sorry for her loved ones. May God comfort her family and her many friends. God has received a new Angel into Heaven.

  25. Janet (Crum) Balsley November 27, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I am sending my sincere thoughts and prayers to the McKinney and Newell families.

  26. Joy Neal November 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Such a beautiful lady inside and out. Her laughter and enjoyment of life was infectious and will be missed.

  27. Jenise (Johnson) Bratzler November 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My parents were Kenneth and Vivian Johnson. Please know we are praying for the Lord’s peace and comfort for your family. God Bless!

  28. Sharon (Stock)Shuemak November 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Jay, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I was shocked. Joellen ogle posted it on face book.
    I send you and your family love, hugs, prayers, and peace in your hearts
    Sharon (Stock) Shuemak

  29. Lynette Hardesty November 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss! My Mom, Betty Dircks had such fond memories when she & Shirley were Rosie’s Girl Scout leaders! We heard stories often! Rosie was such a sweet lady! Our prayers! Lynette Dircks Hardesty & Betty Dircks

  30. Wayne and Barbara Fausett and Fausett family November 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Our condolences to the McKinny and Newell families in your loss of Rosie. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May our Great God comfort you in your grief.

  31. Larry & Pat Newton November 28, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Rosie was a beautiful lady in thought and deed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.

  32. Tom and Laurenda Whitcomb November 28, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Jay and Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Rosie was so special and she will be missed by so many. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

    Love and blessings,
    Tom and Laurenda

  33. Katy Tarr November 28, 2016 at 11:38 am

    My sincerest sympathies to all. I knew Rosie from the Michigantown Library. She was a sweetheart, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

  34. Isabel, John, Brandie November 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Heart felt condolences for Rosie’s family. The children, and I were saddened to learn of Rosie’s passing. A warm, caring and loving lady. She will most certainly be missed forever.

  35. Rick & Janie Gunter November 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time of sadness.

  36. Barbara McCarty November 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Jay and Family

    So very sorry for your loss. Rosie was a beautiful lady inside and out.

  37. Richard and Marilyn Clouse November 29, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Jay and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Rosie was a wonderful loving caring woman! Our prayers are with you and your family!
    Dick and Marilyn Clouse

  38. Barbara Wilkin Julien November 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    To Jay and family, So sorry for the loss of dear Rosie! I have so many fond memories of her from high school. The nights I spent at her house and the fun things we did will always be special to me. She was always upbeat and so much fun, always smiling. She took good care of my mom at the library. May you find comfort in knowing that so many people loved her.

  39. Gary & Brenda Spray November 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Thinking of and praying for you all at this time.

  40. Debbie Rogers November 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I was Rosie’s helper in Preschool back in the 90’s. She was always the hands and feet of Jesus and set a wonderful example of Christ for me. In another home, in a happier place, in a “Beautiful Forever”….. We will meet again.

  41. Suz Kelly Hunter November 30, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Dear Jay and family, including the Newells,
    My heart felt condolences to you. It must be very difficult losing such a loving, caring part of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  42. Linda and Roland Johnson December 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Jay – We are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful (inside and out) Rosie. As we looked through the memorial video we both agreed that the two of you haven’t changed much since your wedding (Roland was a member of the wedding party). We are in Florida and are scheduled to fly back Friday afternoon. Sorry we’ll not be able to attend Rosie’s services but we will be in touch soon.

  43. Julia (Ebert) Meier December 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    When I think of Rosie, I see a considerate, easy-to-be-with, loving, caring, fun and most of all smiling childhood friend. There was never one moment of discontent or confusion with our relationship during those early years. Ours was an easy and simple one of kindness. Even when years and miles came between us, I always felt such wonderful memories of the girl who had the sweetest smile on a beautiful face as well as in her spirit. May time heal the pain, but never the memories.

  44. Herman and Gayle Adams February 3, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Just Heard of Rosie’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Gayle so enjoyed working with Rosie and Gail Hillis setting up the Preschool School at the church. May Our great God give you and your family comfort and strength during this time of grief. Our Prayers are with you.
    Herman and Gayle Adams

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