Margaret Ellen Valentine Kinney, age 72, of Indian Trail, North Carolina, passed away on June 1, 2019 at Novant Hospital, Matthews, North Carolina.
Margaret was born on May 16, 1947, the daughter of the late Honorable Paul Valentine and Florence Kathleen Forsythe Valentine in Davis, West Virginia. She was married to Edward Kinney on November 4, 1994 in Henderson, Nevada.
Margaret grew up in St. Marys, West Virginia and attended Fairmont College. She received her degrees in elementary education and mental health counseling. She followed in her mother's footsteps and became an elementary teacher and school counselor for 36 years, having taught at the Gilbert Magnet School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Margaret remained in contact with a number of her former students.
She and her husband decided to make their home in Indian Trail, North Carolina and have lived there since June 2005. Since living in North Carolina, Margaret became the Department Mental Health Regional Lead for the Red Cross, Charlotte Chapter.
While living in Las Vegas, Margaret was a member of the Myron Heaton Chorale. After moving to North Carolina, Margaret became a member of Morning Star Lutheran Church and became the church's labyrinth facilitator and was also a choir member.
Margaret had a love for bears, especially Paddington, and as shown in her Boyd Bear Collection. She was also very proud of her sheep collection, 100 in total, which was displayed every year in her nativity scene.
As Margaret loved to travel, she and Ed traveled to places as Spain, Cuba, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Austria, Africa, Italy, Algeria, Germany, Canada, and all the states in the United States.
Margaret is survived by her husband of 24 years, Edward Kinney; two sons, Derek Kinney (Cyndi Kinney) and Christopher Kinney (Eve McGivern); special granddaughter, Jessica Thomas, and fur babies, Danny Dog, Duncan Dog, and Thompson Cat. Many cousins, great cousins, many close friends and her Red Cross and church family.
Margaret was a teacher through and through and loved her profession. Accordingly, in lieu of flowers, contributions to the Matthews Help Center, Back 2 School Program, P. 0. Box 91, Matthews, North Carolina 28106, would be appreciated, or to a charity of ones choosing.