Patricia Ann McKinney

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Patricia Ann McKinney

November 11, 1948 - February 15, 2019

Patricia Ann McKinney Patricia Ann McKinney
HOUSTON, Minn. -- Patricia Ann McKinney (Bigley), 70, of Houston went to see her Lord Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.
Patricia, the oldest of seven children, was born Nov. 11, 1948. She was born in Wenatchee, Wash., and was raised near Crab Orchard, Neb., on a farm, working as hard as a son. She sometimes hid underneath her bed to get out of chores because she loved to read. She graduated from Lewiston High school and attended Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk, Neb., for two-and-a-half years. There she met Mike McKinney and both got married at the age of 19. She dedicated the rest of her life to her family and raising four children. She spent time researching how to make healthy meals from her own garden and cooking bread from scratch. She was also an accomplished seamstress and loved to sew clothes and quilts for her children. In the early 80s, at the age of 34, she was one of seven to start a new Christian school, called Coulee Region Christian School, which is currently located in West Salem and which has graduated some of her grandchildren. After sending her children there, she took part in pioneering the home-school movement in Wisconsin, at a time when it was looked down upon. She home-schooled for 12 years and served as president of the home-schooling group in La Crosse. She was also a founding member of The Church of Christ in La Crosse.
Patricia and Mike moved to Caledonia, Minn., for four years and spent the last 15 years in Houston. Her thirst for knowledge coupled with her love for reading, caused her to create a library of unique literature. She became a self-taught scholar in an eclectic array of subjects. She also built an essential oils business and researched homeopathy. She loved to travel, paint, sew and can all her garden produce. She also had a flair for writing poetry and compositions. But most of all she loved her family and God. Missing a family gathering was never an option. She always brought with, her beautiful, friendly smile and iconic laughter. A great listener, one always felt loved and important while in her company. Her 16 grandchildren are her legacy and she and Mike recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mike will miss her sense of humor and the caring, positive encourager that she was. Her last hours were spent in enjoyable conversations with friends and family and of course, reading a book.
She is survived by three sisters and two brothers, Diane (Glen) Smith, Linda Rinne (Roger), Gary (Myong), David (Lorraine) and Shari Hickman(Gary); four children and 16 grandchildren, son, Jeramy and (Meri) with children, Jessica, Hannah Jordan and Ryan; daughter, Shannon McKinney and Larry Schneider, with children, Madeleine, Samuel, Michelle, Benjamin, John, Luke, Lucy and Gabriel; son, Michael with children, Charlie, Ella, Oliver and Owen; and daughter, Vanessa.
She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Kathie; father, Richard Bigley; and mother, Donnabelle Bigley (Scoville).
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Christian Chapel, 1415 Well St., Onalaska, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.
Published on February 17, 2019
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11 posts

Cathy Koeppe
Mar 11, 2019
Although I haven't seen Patty in over 40 years I remember her very fondly. We spent many hours together doing crafts. We always had such a great time.She and Mike had a great big family which I know meant the world to her. Rest in peace old friend.
Judy (Byom) Stensrud
Feb 23, 2019
Sorry for your loss, Mike and kids
Marlys Nathan Anderson
Feb 22, 2019
So sorry for your loss. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers
Pat McKean
Feb 19, 2019
Dennis and I were saddened to hear of Patti's death. She had such a love of life and adventure. We will miss her. We hope you are comforted by having all her friends and family surrounding you.
Gary Bigley
Feb 18, 2019
Rest in peace big sister, you always like to be first, now you are the first of us kids to see the glory of God, give Mom and Dad a big hug for me.
The Newberry Twins
Feb 17, 2019
Patricia was amazing lady. I will never forget her laughter and kindness. Beautiful home in the farmland. Just thoughtful woman. I will never forget her after meeting her just twice our lives. She is and was will always be in our thoughts memories though this lifetime. Enjoy Heaven. Has we mourn for you down here. Blessings Patricia see you soon. ❤💔😭💐
Feb 17, 2019
My heart is broken
Jeanette Reb
Feb 17, 2019
It was 24+ years ago after a church service in Caledonia, MN that Patty walked up to me & asked if "I'd like to be her friend"? I enthusiastically answered an immediate"YES"! Our friendship never ceased to grow in love, honor & support for each other from that moment on. I will truly miss our chats, phone calls, traveling together, sharing recipes, time & always a healthy dose of eternal love 💟
Coralynn "Corky" Nelson
Feb 17, 2019
Thinking of and praying for the family. We shared many years and made lots of memories.
Carolyn Dorn Dolezal, special High School friend.
Feb 17, 2019
My heart misses the joy of laughter Patty brought to everyone she knew.
My memories of Patty bring a smile. We were planning a trip to visit her this spring. How I remember being a bridesmaid the wedding of Mike and Patty and how excited and happy Mike made her. Mike, my sympathy to you, I miss knowing she is only a phone call away. I wish could attend the funeral. Our prayers to you....May God keep you all in His Care during this time of saying goodbye.
Mike and Carol VanLanigham
Feb 17, 2019
So sorry for your lose. She will be truly missed. It was always so nice to see her at the family reunions at Coryell Park in Nebraska.