RUTH CARTER MCKINNEY, 94 ROCKFORD – Ruth Carter McKinney, 94, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at home. Born Oct. 18, 1917, in Stokesdale, N.C., the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Morton and Yancey Lingon Carter. Married L. Carlton McKinney in 1941. Ruth worked as an administrative secretary for the Billy Graham Association in Minneapolis for more than 25 years. During those years she co-authored two books. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church, where she had been an active participant for more than 25 years. She treasured her friends there and deeply felt the spiritual companionship. Ruth graduated from Rock Valley College with an associate degree in Spanish when she was 80. She volunteered at La Voz Latina and was an active member of the YWCA. She helped write many term papers for her grandchildren and was a whiz at Scrabble. Survived by children, Carol (Ted Landphair) Highsmith and Sara (Dan) Akerlund; grandchildren, Karna (Rick) Erickson, Nels (Anna) Akerlund and Carl (Andrea) Akerlund; great-grandchildren, Adele, Clara, Elsa Erickson, Gavin and Ella Akerlund. A special thank you and love to her friend and caregiver for more than 11 years, Lidia Garcia. Predeceased by husband and 15 brothers and sisters. Memorial service at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with the Rev. Bill Patterson officiating. Private family burial prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in her memory to Temple Baptist Church, 3215 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108; or Heartland Hospice, 6885 Vistagreen Way, Rockford, IL 61107; or St. James School, 409 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107. To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh .com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 9 to June 10, 2012