Marilyn Anne McKinley of Edmonton passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at the age of 50 years.
Marilyn was raised in Winnipeg where she attended school and the University of Manitoba. After completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree, she earned a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her journalism career began at the Portage la Prairie Daily Graphic and continued at the Fort McMurray Today and Alberta Report. She was also an Associate Producer for CBC Radio in Calgary and then Edmonton. The focus of Marilyn’s career changed when she became a Public Affairs officer for the Government of Alberta. Most recently she held an Executive Assistant position within Sustainable Resource Development. Marilyn was committed to providing a loving home for her son Daniel who gave her great joy and in whom she took immense pride. She loved to run and participated in four half-marathons. She was an avid reader. She also spent much time outdoors where she marvelled at the natural world and landscapes. Her house was very important and puttering in the garden provided an outlet for her creativity. Marilyn will remain in our hearts as that special person that she was – truly genuine.
Marilyn is remembered by her son Daniel Geddes and his father Ashley both of Edmonton; her parents Gerry and Jim McKinley; a brother and sister-in-law Rob and Grace McKinley, all of Winnipeg; three sisters and two brothers-in-law Barb and Doug Collister of Calgary, Valerie McKinley of Winnipeg, and Carol and Peter Puszka of Brooks, AB; seven nieces and nephews, Christine and Colin McKinley of Winnipeg, Ethan and Thomas Collister of Calgary, Evelyn McKinley of Winnipeg and Sharley and Joshua Puszka of Brooks; as well as her cousins, aunts and uncle. Marilyn is also survived by her forever friend Sandy Postl of Vancouver, BC, friend Diana Salomaa of Edmonton, and many caring friends and colleagues.
A Celebration of Marilyn’s Life will be held at Highlands United Church, 11305 – 64 Street, Edmonton on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Intercare Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W. Calgary, AB T2V 4Y8 Telephone: (403) 258-0040 or the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Suite 803, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 262-1253 or www.natureconservancy.ca
In living memory of Marilyn McKinley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences