Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Juanita A. McKinney

Born: 2/19/1919

Died: 5/3/2005

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Juanita A. McKinney, 86, of Stigler, Oklahoma, passed away May 3, 2005, in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. She was born February 19, 1919, in Lequire, Oklahoma, to James J. and Gladys Bates McKinney.

She grew up in Stigler where she graduated with the Class of 1937. Juanita attended Southeastern State University and in 1942 began a career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

She moved to Lawrence, Kansas, to work for Haskell Institute as registrar and in 1959 returned to work for the BIA until her retirement in 1974 after 32 years of service. In 1978, she made her home in Stigler, where she loved to live. She was a member of the Stigler First Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed doing Gods work. She was a very loving and giving person with many friends. She loved her family and will be remembered as a very special sister, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harmon W. and Billy James McKinney; and one sister, Jo Marie Harrison.

Survivors include one brother, Jackie Ray McKinney of Chicago, Illinois; one nephew, Dennis Harrison and wife, Susan, of Sallisaw; two nieces, Jody Hall and husband, Rick, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, and Jill Caughman and husband, Lyndell, of Sallisaw; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.