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In Memory of
Helen Elizabeth McKinlay
May 24, 1939 - July 24, 2021

Visitation:
Wednesday, July 28th from 5-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Service:
Thursday, July 29th 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection

Interment:
Arlington National Cemetery

Helen Elizabeth McKinlay, 82 of Westerville, passed peacefully on Saturday, July 24, 2021 surrounded by her entire family.

Born May 24, 1939 in New Haven Connecticut, she is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elizabeth Griffin; sister & brother-in-law, Carol and Howard Clark; and loving husband, Robert T. McKinlay, Jr.

Helen is survived by daughters, Kathleen (Dean) Miller; Lisa (Gary) Salyers; Allyson (Duane) Mitzel; Elizabeth (Kurt) Smith; son, Stephen (Amy) McKinlay; niece, Karolyn Clark (Anthony Santillo); and twelve grandchildren: Jennifer (Troy) Mannino and Jay Miller; Adam, Evan, Abagaile (Troy) Call, Magdalena, and Zachary Mitzel; Olivia, Alexyss, Austyn, and Ian Smith; and Payton McKinlay.

As a supportive mother, she attended all of her children's sporting events and continued to support her grandchildren as they pursued all of their endeavours. She was the best mom and grandmother in the world. Her family was most important in her life. She put her children and grandchildren before herself, and they were, and forever will be, her pride and joy.

Helen was a member of Church of the Resurrection of New Albany. She was a devout Catholic, a loyal Navy wife, and devoted her career as a Registered Nurse, caring for others, forever setting an example which will never be forgotten.

Initially spending winters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with her husband, she spent the last few in Scottsdale, Arizona where she created her beach house in the middle of the desert. She had a passion for gardening and loved flowers of all kinds, taking great pride in the colors of her gardens every spring and summer.

She will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts, but we know she is finally at peace in the arms of her husband, the love of her life.

Friends may call at the Moreland Funeral Home, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Wednesday 5-8 p.m.. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, OH Thursday at 11 a.m., Rev. Fr. Denis Kigozi, celebrant.

Donations may be made in her name to the American Lung Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Condolences

Marg mitzel

Jul 25, 2021

Love & sympathy go out to family . Our prayers are with you all and will remember her fondly. What a wonderful family she an her husband created and it's no wonder she put them all first an foremost. Cherished memories forever in your hearts . More love, Marg & Vern mitzel and Krista Mitzel an boys ! 😘 xoxoxo

 

Kathy, Shannon, Maddie, Spencer

Jul 26, 2021

We are very sorry to hear about your Mom's/Grandmom's passing. She was very kind and loving and set an example of how to live. Most grateful to have met her and all the family. Thank you for sharing such family love with all of us. We send you our love and support during this sad time.

 

Jill Pfeifer Obenour

Aug 8, 2021

 

Susan Dayton

Sep 6, 2021