March 16, 1951 - May 6, 2018
Patricia Mary McKinley passed away Sunday, May 6 after a battle with Pancreatitis. Patty (PQ) was born March 16, 1951 to Helen and Harry Quinn and grew up in Portland attending Parkrose High School. After graduation she became a University of Oregon Duck in the fall of 1969, joining the sisterhood of Sigma Kappa Sorority where she met lifelong friends. She stayed in Eugene for 2 years after graduation and worked at various jobs until returning to Portland Her field of study was Architecture and later English and developed a lifelong interest in learning, still relishing taking writing classes in recent years. She recently started attending Sigma Kappa reunions enjoying reconnecting with “sisters” and memories of college days. Her weekly volunteering at Mainspring soon became a passion for the plight of those in need.
She lost the love of her life, her husband, Larry McKinley, after 25 years together. Larry, his children, Michelle Chin and Kristine Faletoi, and 7 grandchildren became her family and a very important part of her life. She is survived by her “furever” companion, Mason, who enjoyed taking her to the local dog park and neighborhood jaunts followed by lap sitting while watching murder mysteries or pawing the pages as she dived into a good mystery.
She leaves a web of great friends from all corners of her life, including those from Standard Insurance and in her capacity as a realtor with Century 21. Being a Realtor was a job she loved and was a perfect match for her personality. She traveled some visiting friends in Alaska and Arizona. She loved the Oregon Coast, but she loved coming back home the most.
Patty was a true “people person”, genuinely intent on appreciating everything about each person she encountered, what they did, thought, and hoped for. She loved a rousing discussion, sometimes arguing the opposite side just to balance the conversation no matter where her true opinion lay.
She was always upbeat and enjoying everything life had to offer. She loved to laugh and did so often. Patty was the energy, the sparkle, the vitality to her group of friends and family. We will miss her smile and outgoing spirit and cherish the time we had as part of her life.