Vonda Louise Young McKinney, 91, of Holbrook passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Rim Country Health and Retirement Community in Payson. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Holbrook Cemetery. Vonda requested casual dress for the service.
She was born to William and Alice (Hunt) Young on April 20, 1923, in Safford.
Vonda lived most of her early life in the Holbrook area and graduated from Holbrook High School. She married Lenn McKinney on Sept. 11, 1942, in Ventura, Calif., and they were together for almost 20 years, living in the Holbrook and Fredonia areas. Lenn passed away in May 1962, after which Vonda moved to Page before returning to Holbrook.
She accomplished many things in her life, including driving semi-trucks, and being a bartender, a cook, and the co-owner of the Coconino Cafe, and the McKinney Service and Supply Company in Fredonia. She was the first female Justice of the Peace in Coconino County in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and retired as a Navajo County Justice of the Peace in 1985.
She liked to travel the Western U.S. and was an accomplished photographer. She also loved music, and played the piano, mandolin, banjo, guitar, violin/fiddle and bass violin. She played in many fiddling contests and musical jam sessions throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Vonda gave her children all the love they could wish for, and all the attention, care and encouragement she could. She was sweet, intelligent, and a conscientious person. She made a lot of friends and had a great sense of humor.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, nine brothers, a daughter, Donna Lou Pruitt, and two great-grandsons.
Survivors include her sister, Nadine Mendenhall of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Stephon L. Schacholt of Holbrook and Arthur Y. McKinney (Linda) of Alamogordo, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Instead of flowers, please consider donating in Vonda’s name to Hospice Compassus, 511 Mud Springs Road, Payson, Ariz. 85541.
Norvel Owens Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.