Thelma I. Spears McKinnon Obituary

January 9, 2017 Obituary

Thelma I. Spears McKinnon, Alliance, Ohio - obit

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Thelma I. Spears McKinnon, formerly of East Liverpool, passed away at 2:10 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 with her family by her side at Canterbury Villa in Alliance. Thelma was 89.

Born in Wellsville, January 19, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Leonard Spears and Bernice McCrea Spears Newton.

A lifetime area resident, she was a member of the Wellsville High School Class of 1946 and was an apartment manager in Toronto from 1979-1985. Thelma moved to Alliance in 2000.

A devoted wife, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. McKinnon, on March 30, 2000. The couple married on June 22, 1945.

Thelma enjoyed bowling, camping with her family, traveling, writing poems and being a leader in the Girl Scouts while her girls were young.

Thelma was the mother of four daughters, Catherine Ruth “Kitty” Sine and her husband, Joe of Wynne, Arkansas, Virginia Lee “Ginger” Taylor of East Liverpool, Carol Sue Cirino and her husband, Al of Alliance and Bobby Jean Rader of Alliance and a son, Charles R. McKinnon of Alliance.

There are four grandchildren, Troy Vuletic (Mindi), Caryann Kriner (James), Shannon Eric Fair (Dannielle) and Robert Dean Huff (Kellie); seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and four stepgrandchildren as well. She is also survived by a half-sister, Pat Newton Boyle of Springhill, Florida.

In addition to her parents, Thelma was preceded by a sister, Evelyn Dickinson and by her stepfather, Arthur “Piggy” Newton.

Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 12.

Burial will be in Longs Run Cemetery.

View Thelma’s memorial webpage and express condolences online at

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A television tribute will air Friday, January 13 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.