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FLORENCE EDNA KINNEY
Florence Edna Kinney, 97, of Mount Pleasant, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Park Place Elder Living Center in Mount Pleasant.
A private graveside service will be held at the Forest Home Cemetery in Mount Pleasant with the Rev. David Bracht-Wagner officiating. A Celebration of Life Service
for Florence will be held at a later date to be announced. In honor of Florence, memorials may be directed to VFW Auxiliary Post 2561 of Mount Pleasant and the First United Methodist Church of Mount Pleasant.
Florence was born on April 27, 1922, in Henry County, Iowa, the daughter of David and Bertha (Brownell) Burky. She was a 1940 graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. She received a teaching certificate from Iowa Wesleyan College and taught first through eighth grades for two years at Maple Grove country school, which was located two miles west of Salem.
Florence was united in marriage to Darrell Elmer Kinney on July 11, 1942, in Wakefield, R.I., while he was in the service. He preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 2010. Florence was a busy homemaker along with helping her husband with Kinney & Sons Excavating and Grading. She so enjoyed music and performing with the Rhythm Rockers of which she was a charter member, which later became known as Happy Memories. At age 18, she became a member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 2561, in which she held various leadership roles along with a membership with the Trenton American Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of the South Center Club as well as the First United Methodist Church and UMW. Florence tirelessly worked for veterans in many ways. She supported the Avenue of the Flags at its inception and ensured that the auxiliary members' flags were placed on graves every Memorial Day. Midwest Old Threshers Reunion was also dear to her heart.
Florence will be deeply missed by her five children, James (Judy) Kinney, Donald (Linda) Kinney, Richard (Sally) Kinney and Barbara (Curtiss) Crane, all of Mount Pleasant, and Margaret (John) Biggs of Des Moines; she is blessed with 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Harold (Judy) Burky of Springfield, Mo. For the past 10 years, she has had the friendship and loving care of Donna Fiedler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Betty Hunter and Twila Parsons; and one brother, Carl Burky.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.murphyfuneralandmonuments.com.
Murphy Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant is handling the arrangements.