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Jean  Frances (Conrad)  Kinney

Jean Frances (Conrad) Kinney
  • January 13, 1921 - November 20, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“My sincere condolences for your loss. As you endure this difficult time of sorrow, please turn to the Most High God for comfort as his word assures...Read More »
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“My Love, thoughts and prayers To the entire family! I love you guys! ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Rebekah Horn - Little Rock, AR

“Grandma Kinney was such a valuable volunteer at Valley View for so many years. She loved the children and they loved her too. She received lots of...Read More »
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“Jean Kinney has been part of my life since the 4th grade. That's when I met her daughter, Barbara. So many memories - sleep overs, trips, visits,...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Cathy Reid - Marshall, MI

“I am saddened to hear about Grandma Kinney's passing. Jean was such a large part of my success as a teacher at ValleyView! The children loved her...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Laura Marlowe - Comstock, MI

“Teresa - Always remember, you can always share those wonderful stories! They are a treasure and something I always looked forward to...God Bless ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kimberly Montney - MI - Friend

“Pat I'm so sorry for your loss, your mom was truly a precious lady, so very sweet to everyone. I never saw her without a big smile on her beautiful...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Pat Fahndrich - sherwood, MI

“Teresa and family,So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.Teresa, Jackie and AlexKCC Foundation ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of Jean when she took a class at KCC She was a very lovely woman who has a great family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon Powell - Battle creek, MI

“Teresa and kidsIm so sorry to hear about grandma kinney the girls loved her so much.she will forever have a place un our heartMuch love sherry and...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Sherry Vinton - Pensacola, FL

“Teresa & heartfelt condolences for the passing of your Mother. I didn't know your Mother personally, but through your stories I felt...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Valerie Miller - prinfield, MI

“Barb and family: Take comfort in the fact that she led a long and full life. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sending hugs. Love, Joy ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Joy Dixon - Battle Creek, MI

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Jean F. (Conrad) Kinney, 97, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with her family at her side on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Jean was born January 13, 1921 in Wayland, Michigan the daughter of Howard Lo and Helen Marie (Butine) Conrad. She grew up in Gobles, Michigan, graduated from Gobles High School and earned a secretarial degree from a business college in Kalamazoo. Jean was employed as a secretary at Kalamazoo Valley Paper Mill until moving to Battle Creek in 1965. Then she was employed in the office at H.B. Sherman Company and retired when it moved from Battle Creek. Jean also worked in the jewelry department at Robinson's in downtown Battle Creek. After retiring, she worked at Valley View Elementary in Springfield, where she was known affectionately as "Grandma Kinney". She wore many hats, but she absolutely loved helping the children in the lunchroom, library and as a reading mentor.

Jean married Royal W. Kinney on January 5, 1946 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kalamazoo. Sadly, she was preceded in death by her husband, Royal on June 16, 1974. Surviving are her children, Kathy Collins of Battle Creek, Sharon Wieland of Austin, TX, Gary (Dawn) Kinney of Hamilton, MI, Barbara Murdock, Teresa Washburn and Patrick Kinney all of Battle Creek; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Conrad of Kalamazoo; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Kinney of Grand Rapids and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. In addition to her husband, Jean was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dennis Kinney; four sisters and two brothers.

Jean was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She loved spending time with her family and especially with the little ones … the more the merrier! She enjoyed crocheting, tending to her flower garden, reading on her front porch and especially baking and planning for Christmas and family holiday gatherings.

Jean's family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Christopher Ankley 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 61 N. 23rd St., Battle Creek, MI 49015. Committal and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean Kinney may be made to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 900 Cooper St., Jackson, MI 49202. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at