Inez Stella (Smith) McKinney

February 26, 1940 ~ February 21, 2018 (age 77)

Inez Stella (Smith) McKinney, 77, of Andover, CT, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. She was born February 26, 1940 in Brattleboro, VT, daughter of the late Floyd E. and Emma L. (Dryden) Smith. 

   Inez grew up in East Hampton CT where she resided with her late brothers Eugene, Irving, Milton, and Duane. She married at nineteen on August 15, 1959 to the late Charles H. McKinney. Her greatest love and accomplishments were her three daughters whom she raised in Colchester, CT. 

   Inez loved dancing, roller skating, ice skating, oil painting, nature, flowers, birds, especially hummingbirds and butterflies. She always had a cat by her side as well as chocolate to comfort her.  She  did her best to put a smile on everyone's face who were in her presence.  She was a strong-willed, determined woman who persevered through all of life's struggles.

   Inez is survived by her daughters Cynthia L. Litz of Columbia, CT, Pamela I. Buffinton and Robert J. Buffinton (husband) of West Haven, CT, and Deborah J. Patten and John D. Patten (husband) of Columbia, CT and Timothy S. Litz, Jr (grandson) of East Hartford, CT.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masonicare Partners Home Health and Hospice ,111 Founders Plaza, Suite 200, East Hartford, CT 06108  or Hebrew Home and Hospital, 1 Abrahms Road, West Hartford, CT 06117.  These two organizations treated Inez with kindness, dignity and respect.

   Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street, East Hampton, CT 06424.

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Burial will take place in a private ceremony at Meeting House Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, VT at a later date.




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