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Ruth Mildred McKinney


Ruth Mildred McKinney passed away in Portland, Oregon on April 25, 2017 at the age of 83. She was born in Blue Light, Washington, near Bickleton, on December 16, 1933 to Lucy (Williams) and Cecil C VanHorn. Ruth married Ralph Curtis McKinney and the couple made their home in Goldendale. She worked at various places throughout her life including Jantzen Mills, locally with Dr. Ogden, Ron's Business Service, Dr. Kubler, and National Bank of Commerce. Ruth was a member of the Klickitat County Historical Society, Old Time Fiddlers, and the American Legion. She loved painting, genealogy and the outdoors. Mrs. McKinney is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Ken Quantrell of Goldendale; brothers and sisters-in-law Stanley and Paulynne VanHorn of Goldendale and Lester and Kay VanHorn of Hermiston, Oregon; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. A private graveside service was held at Spring Creek Cemetery. To send condolences to the McKinney family, please visit


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