Esther Grace McKinley

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Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, took Esther Grace McKinley’s hand and walked her into heaven on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The funeral was held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Highland Baptist Church in Arlington. Esther was buried near her sister Joyce Price at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park in Colleyville. Esther Grace McKinley was born in a farmhouse on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, near Clifton in Bosque County. Her parents, William and Clara Jenson, grew a variety of crops including cotton. They also raised chickens, hogs, cattle, turkeys, and goats. Esther picked cotton, rode in buggies and wagons, and experienced all the wonders and adventures of a young girl growing up on a farm. She entered public school at Harmony and graduated from Clifton High School on May 21, 1943. She graduated on May 26, 1944, from Durham’s Business College, where she learned to type, file, and take shorthand. She moved to Fort Worth where she worked at Kresge’s in downtown. She also worked at Dickson-Jenkins Manufacturing Co. as a seamstress in 1948-1949. On Oct. 17, 1953, she married Arnold McKinley. They spent 52 years together raising a family in Arlington. On Oct. 12, 1962, she joined Highland Baptist Church in Arlington. Esther enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandson. She always took an interest in her children and did everything she could to encourage them. She encouraged their artistic talents and taught them about Jesus Christ. She raised her two grandchildren while their parents worked. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, cooking, gardening, working word search puzzles, playing checkers, and listening to Billy Graham. She kept scrapbooks of current events and friends. She enjoyed taking vacation trips to the Rocky Mountains with her family. Everyone who met her said she was a dear, sweet person. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold McKinley; four brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include a son, Michael McKinley; daughter, Barbara Warner and husband, Henry; grandchildren, Katherine Chadwick and husband, Ben, and Travis Warner; great-grandchild, Christopher Chadwick; and several nieces and nephews.
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