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Patricia Ann McKinney

February 17, 2019 | 4 comments

Patricia Ann McKinney (Bigley), 70, of Houston, MN, went to see her Lord on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Patricia, the oldest of seven children, was born on November 11, 1948. She was born in Wenatchee, Washington and was raised near Crab Orchard, Nebraska on a farm working as hard as a son. She sometimes hid underneath her bed to get out of chores because she loved to read. She graduated from Lewiston High school and attended Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk, Ne for two-and-a-half years.  There she met Mike McKinney and both got married at the age of nineteen. She dedicated the rest of her life to her family and raising four children. She spent time researching how to make healthy meals from her own garden and cooking bread from scratch. She was also an accomplished seamstress and loved to sew clothes and quilts for her children. In the early 80’s at the age of 34, she was one of seven to start a new Christian school, called Coulee Region Christian School which is currently located in West Salem, WI and which has graduated some of her grandchildren.  After sending her children there, she took part in pioneering the homeschool movement in Wisconsin at a time when it was looked down upon. She homeschooled for twelve years and served as president of the homeschooling group in La Crosse. She was also a founding member of The Church of Christ in La Crosse.

Patricia and Mike moved to Caledonia, MN for four years and spent the last fifteen years in Houston, MN. Her thirst for knowledge coupled with her love for reading caused her to create a library of unique literature.  She became a self-taught scholar in an eclectic array of subjects. She also built an essential oils business and researched homeopathy. She loved to travel, paint, sew and can all her garden produce. She also had a flair for writing poetry and compositions. But most of all she loved her family and God.  Missing a family gathering was never an option.  She always brought with her beautiful, friendly smile and iconic laughter. A great listener, one always felt loved and important while in her company. Her sixteen grandchildren are her legacy, and She and Mike recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Mike will miss her sense of humor and the caring, positive encourager that she was. Her last hours were spent in enjoyable conversations with friends and family, and, of course, reading a book.

She is survived by three sisters and two brothers; Diane (Glen) Smith, Linda Rinne (Roger) , Gary (Myong), David (Lorraine),  and Shari Hickman(Gary); four children and sixteen grandchildren; son  Jeramy and (Meri) with children:  Jessica, Hannah, Jordan and Ryan; daughter Shannon McKinney and Larry Schneider with children: Madeleine, Samuel, Michelle, Benjamin, John, Luke, Lucyand Gabriel;son Michael  with children: Charlie, Ella, Oliver, and Owen; and daughter Vanessa.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister Kathie, father, Richard Bigley, and mother, Donnabelle Bigley (Scoville).

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Christian Chapel, 1415 Well St., Onalaska, with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.



  1. Richard Dungar

    My prayers and sympathy to Mike and the family. Pat was a kind compassionate lady. I enjoyed talking to her.

    • Chris Brauns

      My deepest sympathies go out to the McKinney family. Patricia was kind, positive person and always full of joy. My greatest memory was how she brought me closer to Christ. God Bless.

  2. Rick Woods

    Our sympathy to the McKinney family, Rick and Karen Woods

  3. David and Anita Evenson

    We are heart-broken but unable to return from FL for the funeral. Our condolences and letter are in the mail. Love and prayers to the whole family. Dave and Anita Evenson

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