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Mina McKinney - October 09, 2012

Mina Caroline McKinney was born to Kenneth and Wava (Donovan) McKinney on Oct. 12, 1939 in Wray. Mina died at her home in Lamar, Neb. Oct. 9, 2012. She was 72 years old.

She attended school in the Wray School District before graduating from Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix, Ariz., with the Class of 1958.

Mina was united in marriage to Robert D. Stith on July 7, 1958 in Raton, N.M. Many years later, she then married Sam Amendola of Wray in 1967. Mina was a busy housewife but also worked at Motorola in Scottsdale, Ariz. and assisted her husband in his business.

Mina had lived and worked with her friend and significant other, Archie Murray, in Lamar, Neb. for the last 17 years. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, gardening, puzzles, playing cards and cooking. She possessed a deep love for animals, especially horses, traveling around the country and Canada and doing things for others.

Mina was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Dennis.

She is survived by her significant other, Archie Murray of Lamar, Neb.; son, Craig Stith and wife Linda of Dodge City, Kan.; daughter, Sherri Johnson and husband George of Duncan, Okla.; daughter, Cheryl Stith of Colby, Kan.; son, Charles McKinney of Salina, Kan.; grandchildren, Kyle Glassman and Daniel, Kendra and Austin Rogers; four great-grandchildren; brother, Richard McKinney of Scottsdale; and sister, Ramona and husband Terry of Scottsdale.

A private family memorial service was held for Mina. There was no visitation, as Mina chose cremation.

A memorial has been established in Mina’s memory.

Online condolences can be left at

Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial, Neb. was in charge of arrangements.