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Marjorie McKinnon

September 29, 1920 ~ June 1, 2018 (age 97)

Marjorie “Marj” McKinnon passed away peacefully on June 1, 2018, at Saint Paul Homes in Greenville, Pennsylvania. She was born on September 29, 1920, to Frederick and Helen (Leslie) Klingler in Trumbull, Ohio.

After graduating from Ashtabula High School in 1938, Marj studied fine arts at Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois. On February 1, 1941, she married Eric McKinnon, the love of her life. They later moved to Ashtabula, where they raised their family. Marj was a lifelong artist and fostered a love of the arts in her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed attending the theater and performing in community plays. One of her proudest and most rewarding experiences was writing and directing a Christmas play.

Marj was an excellent cook and hostess, preparing delicious meals for her family and friends. She enjoyed complementing these meals with fresh cut flowers from her and Eric’s beautiful garden. She was especially famous for her Christmas cookies, which her grandchildren remember fondly. She was also a gifted seamstress, who made clothes and toys for her family.

A woman of strong faith, Marj volunteered her time and talents to the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula. She also opened her home to support missionaries from the One Mission Society.

Marj is survived by her sons, Warren (Clara) and David (Candy); her grandchildren, Briana (Scott), Scott, Sara (Mike), and Katy (Paul); and her nephews, nieces, extended family, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Eric; her parents; her brothers, Kenneth, Daniel, Frederick, and John; and her sisters, Louise Gildan, Mary Townsend, Pearl Matteson, and Ruth Stiles.

Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th, at the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula, 4506 Elm Avenue, where a funeral service officiated by the Reverend Christine Bell will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marj’s memory to the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula.

The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd Ashtabula, Ohio is honored to serve the Marj McKinnon family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at www.fleming-billman.com.


Donations may be made to:

Ashtabula First United Methodist Church
4506 Elm Ave, Ashtabula OH 44004

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