Sally C. (James) Kinney, age 89 of Blue River, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 in El Reno, OK.
She was born to Lester and Vera (Larimer) James on April 27, 1931 in Blue River. She married John "Jack"
Kinney on July 12, 1952, and they lived a full life on the farm they ran together. After Sally graduated
from Blue River High School (1949), she went on to earn her Bachelor of Music Education (1953) from
the University of Wisconsin, and Master of Education (1968) from the University of Wisconsin-
Platteville. Sally was probably best known as "Mrs. Kinney" to innumerable students as she was a
committed, beloved music teacher in the Blue River and Riverdale School Districts for over 45 years. She
found great pride in her students and loved giving them the joy of music. She was a dedicated volunteer
for the betterment of the Blue River community.
Sally is survived by her daughter, JoEllen (Philip) Knoble of Yukon, OK, one granddaughter, Kristin
(Sarah) Knoble-Swanson, and two great-grandchildren, Marigold and Linus of Minneapolis, MN. She was
preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister, Ellen (James) Shumate, and an infant brother,
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at a later date. The Kendall
Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent
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