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Barbara McKinnon


April 21, 2015

March 8, 1935 - April 13, 2015

Barbara B. McKinnon, 80, of Sweet Home died peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, with her two daughters by her side.

She was born March 8, 1935 to Emil and Martha (Hartikainen) Johnson in Orr, Minn.

On July 24, 1953 she married Wilbur (Willy)

McKinnon in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Willy was in the U.S. Army and they spent their time together traveling the world. They had three daughters, Dixie, Cheryl and Tammie.

Willy passed away in July of 1970.

In 1971 she met her life partner, Kenneth (Dale) Lefler. They had 43 years together before he passed away in September of 2014.

Barbara was a successful businesswoman. She owned and operated “Magic Scissors Salon” for 20 years.

She was preceded in death by daughter Cheryl; brothers Roger, Charlie and Bill; and sisters Lorna and Ardelle.

Barbara leaves behind daughters Dixie Oxender and husband Monte, and Tammie McCorkhill and husband Rod;, four grandchildren, Mark, Brian, Michele and Stephanie; six great-grandchildren, David, Connor, Bella, Tyler, Brock and Logan; and sister Gail Miller and husband Roger of Winchester, Wis.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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