Carolyn Marie McKinney of Cape Coral, formerly from Mentor, Ohio, passed on to the other side of heaven peacefully and with the dignity she deserved Saturday, March 8, 2014. She was born Feb. 6, 1939 and was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Margaret (Peg) Nall; her brother, Roger Nall; sister-in-law, Wanda Nall; and her nephew, Steven Nall.
She is survived by Dennis McKinney (Cheryl) of Mentor, Ohio, David McKinney (Cristin) of Yorktown, Va., and her daughter, Eileyn Sobeck-Bador (Michael Bador) of Cape Coral. She also leaves five grandchildren, Kevin McKinney, Kelsey McKinney, Travis McKinney, Jocelyn Sobeck and Jacob Sobeck; her nephew, Russell Nall (Melinda); nieces, Penny Nall and Cindy Becker (Ralph); and as she used to say, "I'm blessed by so many great nieces and nephews, and their children, I lose track"
She graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia with a BA in English, and earned a master's degree in library science from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. She served the communities in which she lived with a great passion as a librarian. She worked in the Cleveland Public Library, the Mentor Public Library and served for many years in the Lee County Library System. When she retired, she was the head librarian at the Captiva Memorial Library.
Carolyn Marie McKinney
She was a modest, private, gentle woman who didn't like to call attention to herself. A humble servant and past president of the United Methodist Women's Group at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church, she was part of Operation Love Your Neighbor each year serving military families both foreign and domestic.
She loved to read, enjoyed the opera, participated in book clubs and Bible study sessions and was a shy artist. Her family wants the community to know how proud she was to serve them, especially as the head branch librarian of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library. She was instrumental in working with the city of Cape Coral and Lee Board of County Commissioners to help plan, build and maintain Cape Coral's first major library expansion. Of all her accomplishments and talents, her ability to see the good in all situations, be nonjudgmental and put others first before herself were some of her many attributes. If more people in the world were like she, the world would be a better place. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the UMW Group at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund. The family asks you join them in a celebration of life Saturday March 15, at 11 a.m., at Cape Coral First United Methodist Church, 4118 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904. A light refreshment will be served directly after the service in the Social Hall.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.