It is with deepest sorrow we announce the passing of a wonderful mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Christine (Chris) Joan McKinney (nee Walls) of Calgary passed away suddenly at her home on Wednesday, January 28, 2004, at the age of 47 years. Her grace and beauty will be forever remembered. She celebrated life everyday.
Chris was born in Calgary on April 30, 1956. She attended Tuxedo Elementary, Balmoral and Senator Patrick Burns Junior High Schools, and graduated from William Aberhart as class valedictorian in 1973. Chris resided with her two children, Breanna and Ryan Dillon, in Toronto until returning to Calgary in 1990. To her surprise and delight, she added Connor to her loving family in 1998. Chris worked for London Life in the early 1990s, and Synergea and McKinney Industries until her death. She will be forever remembered in our hearts and minds for her quick wit and “punctuality”. Her entrepreneurial spirit inspired and motivated many of the people who knew her.
Chris will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by her children, Breanna and Ryan Dillon, and Connor McKinney; her sister Lynne (Vic) Margetts; her brother Clayton Walls (Carolyn Patton); her loving nieces and nephews, Jennifer, Dayna, Hayden, Tannis and Zoeyy; and her friend of thirty-four years, Cindy (McQuay) Lambert. She will also be deeply missed by Vernon McKinney, Wayne (Victoria) Dillon, and Duane Sharman; as well as her cousins, aunts, and uncles in Alberta, Ontario, England, New Zealand, and the U.S. She was predeceased by her mother Olga (Pluta) in 1979, and father Cliff Walls in 2000.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Monday, February 2, 2004 at 3:00 P.M. To forward condolences go to www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549 www.heartandstroke.ca, or to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566-5864.
In living memory of Christine McKinney, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., CALGARY, TELEPHONE: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences