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February 26, 1947 - February 24, 2016
Jeanette Marie McKinney-Schmid passed away in the comfort of her home Wednesday morning, February 24, 2016 at the young age of 68, just 2 days prior to her 69th birthday. Born to Merle and Jane Strong in Galesburg, Illinois, she was the oldest of 3 girls. At 12 years old, she and her family moved west to Inglewood, California. After graduating from Inglewood High School, she married and gave birth to a beautiful daughter, who has given her 2 wonderful grandsons, who were the highlight of her life. After retiring from the aerospace industry, she moved to Montrose, Colorado, where she enjoyed gardening and feeding the birds and stayed active working at a local nursing home and more recently volunteering with CASA.
Behind, Jeanette leaves her husband of 15 years and partner in life, Jack, her daughter Jill McKinney and fiancé Ronnie Orgeron of Lake Charles, Louisiana, step-daughter Stephanie Schmid of California, parents Merle and Jane Strong of Montrose, sisters Marilyn Golden of Grand Junction and Jeanie Jones of California, grandsons Travis and Ryan, nieces Heather and Katie and many who have come into her life, especially Carole Reeves who has been a very, very close friend for more than 50 years. Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory, in Montrose, Colorado is assisting the family.