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Marji A. McKinniss
CrucifixMarji A. McKinniss, 80 of LaRue, died Tuesday September 7, 2021 at the Marion General Hospital.

She was born January 26, 1941 in Marion to the late Thomas and Kathryn (Beverly) Fabian, she was also preceded in death by two sons: David and Doug McKinniss, brother: Daniel Fabian, grandson: Harley Winslow, son-in-law: James Vernon Smith and a great grandson.

Marji was a true farmwife, she was a hardworking woman who did whatever was necessary to help her family with what was needed. It was always “Family First”.
Marji was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion. She also belonged to the Good Friends Club in LaRue.

On April 11, 1959 at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Caledonia, she married Sheldon McKinniss and he survives, also surviving are their children: Sue Smith of LaRue and Steve (Gwyn) McKinniss of LaRue.
Daughter-in-law: Melissa McKinniss
10 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren
Siblings: Judy Worcester, Patricia (Jim) Perry, Kay (Ned) Geckle, Becky O’Brien, Nancy (Mike) Housekeeper and Jeanne (John) Swisher

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday September 11, 2021 at 10:30 am at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Marion, Father Kyle Tennant will preside. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4-7 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, where there will be a Prayer Service at 7 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church

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#1 from: Christina Pickett
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:21 PM

The McKinniss Family
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ron & Chris Pickett

#2 from: Rhonda Judd
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:27 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. . Marji was such a good person. So sweet and always smiling. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

#3 from: Rebecca Lundquist
Marion, Ohio 43302
Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 9:24 PM

Mike and I are shocked and sadden to here of Marji's passing!  Prayers to Sheldon, Steve, Sue and the entire family!  Rest In Peace!  God Bless the family!

#4 from: Lois Baer Squires
Antioch, TN
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Condolences to all of Marji’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. As youths we were next door neighbors to Marji’s family at the farm. We rode the same school bus and shared many good times together. Kay was my closest friend. Sadly out of touch in our adult life as distance separated us, but all remembered fondly and often. Rest In Peace, Marji.  ✝️

#5 from: Heather Phillips
Delaware, OH
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:54 AM

My deepest sympathy to the family and friends.  May you all be wrapped in God's love and find peace knowing that you will be reunited again.

#6 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:57 AM


#7 from: Aaron O’Brien
Columbus, OH
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:35 AM

I am so sorry Sheldon and family!  Marji was an amazing lady!  I have great memories of being over when I was really young (maybe 5?) and spending time on the farm with Sheldon and the older boys.  Then later (or maybe a different day) being in the house in the entry way hall playing with toy tractors and Marji coming and telling me there were cookies in the kitchen.

Thanksgivings were always epic at the house too and always my favorite holiday/family event of the year.   Such great memories!

#8 from: Mary Lee
 Marion, OH
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 11:15 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Marji. Condolences to all the McGinnis family. She leaves a legacy of family and friends who truly loved her.

#9 from: Heidi Manor
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 11:43 AM

I’m so sad Marji had to leave us. I know we’ll all get to see her again in Heaven when it’s our turns but until then she will be missed. Unfortunately Cassie has COVID now and we’ve been exposed to it so we won’t be able to attend the services but the whole family is in our thoughts and prayers. Take care all. Heidi Manor

#10 from: Sally (Norris) Gorby and Dan Gorby
Richmond, VA
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Sheldon, Bob, Danielle, Maggie and Anna - we were so saddened to hear of this loss. I know what a centering factor she was to the family. May your family find peace after this tragic year. Sending thoughts and prayers.

#11 from: Ruthie Henicle
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 5:13 PM

As Marji's youngest sister-in-law,we're so sorry to hear of her passing. She was one of a kind. I was only 6 years old when her & my brother were married.She will be deeply missed by not only her family that loved her dearly, but her many friends.RIP

#12 from: Roger and Mary Buyer
Luckey Ohio
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 5:53 PM

So sorry for your loss.
God Bless your Family.

#13 from: lacy and Eva Blankenship
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 6:30 PM

Sincere Condolences

#14 from: Diane ( Kalb) Steiner  
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 6:53 PM

Prayers and hugs to your family.  

#15 from: Marjie & Dean Daniel
La Rue ohio
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 8:02 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

#16 from: Rick & Leslie Riffle
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:13 PM

With a heavy heart, we are so saddened for Susie and all the McKinniss family for the loss of your dear Mother, Wife, Grandmother, Sister.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, and may you all find peace and comfort with the love of family.  

#17 from: Tim Schwaderer
Urbana Ohio
Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 11:24 PM

My condolences to the Mckinniss family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers for your families.

#18 from: Brenda McKinniss DeDonato
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 12:09 AM

Aunt Marji will forever be in the hearts of all who knew her. Even as a young child I looked forward to her smiling face greeting us. She was a wonderful roll model to all of us. Our prayers go out to Uncle Sheldon and all of the family.

#19 from: Maryann Morbitt
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 12:23 PM

To Kay and all the family of Marji, I am sorry for you loss and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#20 from: Steve and Lisa Markley
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 8:24 PM

Our Hearts and Prayers are with you all at this time. May your Memories bring you peace and smiles..

Steve and Lisa Markley

#21 from: Brian Perry
Sat, Sep 11, 2021 at 6:38 PM

So sorry for your loss. So many great memories of aunt Marji! From thanksgivings to tours of the farm when I was young and then again when my boys were little. How much she valued her family was evident in everything she did. You will all be our prayers.
Brian & Taj Perry

#22 from: Judy Widder
Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 9:45 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Marji's family as they mourn the loss of this beautiful lady.  My first memories of the family go back to our Marion Catholic days (early 70's) and later many Elgin memories.  I was blessed to work with Nancy and having many of the grandchildren as elementary students and Jerry as Doug's football coach. He was always one of Jerry's favorites!  I have some beautiful memories, keep your beautiful memories close as they will give you comfort now and in the days to come. God bless you all!

#23 from: Wendy Crabtree
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 6:38 AM

Sorry for your loss. Marji was such a kind, beautiful woman and I was saddened to hear of her passing.

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