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August 25, 2011


Eddie Jean McKinney


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Eddie Jean McKinney, 70, of Midland, Texas passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, after a gallant fight with cancer.


She was born in Marathon, Texas, on December 9, 1940, to Jake and Barcie Nutt. She was raised a cowgirl on the Combs Ranch in Marathon. At age 13, she was allowed to pick the replacement heifers for the ranch, something the owner or only the top cowboys were allowed to do. She graduated from Marathon High School in 1959 and in 1974 she obtained her Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.


She married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Clayton McKinney, on June 4, 1959. They were married 45 years when he preceded her in death on August 20, 2004. They raised 3 sons: Clay, Troy, and Rory. Clayton was a Texas Ranger and transfers moved the family many times. The family lived all across West Texas including Van Horn, San Angelo, McNary, Sierra Blanca, and Alpine. Jean retired from the Texas State Comptroller's Office in Odessa. Jean loved to spend time with her family and friends, dancing at the Post, playing golf, listening to her boys play guitar, watching her sons and grandchildren rope, looking at a good horse, and fishing in the Rio Grande River.


Jean lived her life on her terms and never backed down from a challenge. She is with the angles now and is definitely On A Cloud. The family would like to say a special thanks to the loving and caring staff at Hospice of Midland Memorial Hospital. Jean is survived by her three sons, Clay McKinney (and wife Brenda) of Pecos, Troy McKinney (and wife Kim) of Collinsville, Rory McKinney (and wife Katrina) of Midland; nine grandchildren, Clay Ryon (wife Analisa), Jake (wife Emily), Sarah, Brooke, Hannah, Clayton (wife Sarah), Ember, Ethan, and Evan; four great-grandchildren, Brayden, Anabella, Emalynn, and Emma. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Jake and Barcie Nutt and her step-father, Richard "Teenie" Chambers.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clayton McKinney Memorial Scholarship through the Midland College Foundation, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705. You may call the Foundation office at (432) 685-4526 for more information. If you wish to make an online gift, visit Give a Gift, or you may mail your donation to:


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