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Carolyn Sue McKinney

October 10, 1946 – May 25, 2022

Carolyn Sue McKinney, age 75, of Sheridan, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday evening, May 25, 2022, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born October 10, 1946 in Lebanon, Indiana, the daughter of the late James Newell and Hilda Lucille (Hillock) Haughey.

Shortly after graduating from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1964, Mrs. McKinney took a position as an office secretary with Meridian Mutual Insurance. She later went to work as a seamstress with Aero Drapery, a position she held for 15 years. After leaving the company, she went to work for Wilson Fine Foods in Sheridan, where she quickly became “Sheridan famous” for her donuts.

Mrs. McKinney enjoyed gardening, collecting paperweights, and doing word searches, and even though she worked as a seamstress, still enjoyed sewing and crocheting her own creations at home. As with most Hoosiers, there is a love affair with college basketball, and Mrs. McKinney was no exception. She followed both IU and Purdue, which made for some pretty intense emotions when they were playing each other. As with all college basketball fans, March was her favorite time of the year.

Of her many interests, there was nothing more important to Mrs. McKinney than her family – and spoiling them was her favorite hobby. She loved attending all their activities, and sometimes she was able to get in a little Cracker Barrel shopping when she had to travel to an event – a win-win in her book. A woman ahead of her time, she was also the family DVR, long before that was even a thing. She loved her TV shows and movies and would often record her favorites on DVDs so that the grandkids could take them home and watch them. When it came to spoiling her family, you can’t leave out Mrs. McKinney’s cooking – most notably her pot roast and chicken & noodles.

As much as she loved her family, there were quite a few times that she had to put her foot down – cementing her role as the family peacekeeper. Starting from when the boys were young, and lasting until… well, as was said before, she was the family peacekeeper, using her strong faith and courage help guide her throughout her life.

Mrs. McKinney was a member of the “Best Mamaw Ever Club”. She was blessed and honored to be able to be a second mother to her special girls, Emily and Lauren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Michael L. McKinney, to whom she was married on October 15, 1965; two sons Douglas L. (Tamela) McKinney of Sheridan and Scott Allen (Chandra) McKinney of Atlanta, Indiana; two granddaughters Emily Elizabeth McKinney and Lauren Michelle McKinney, both of Sheridan; two grandsons Conner James McKinney and Caleb Allen McKinney both of Atlanta, Indiana; three sisters Cathy Rudd of Westfield, Connie (Eddie) Mossburg of Sheridan and Cheryl (Gary) Merrill of Sheridan; and sister-in-law Lynn Coval Haughey.

Mrs. McKinney loved animals. She leaves behind her faithful cocker spaniel, Roscoe, and her barn cats.

She was preceded in death by her parents James Newell and Hilda Lucille (Hillock) Haughey; brother James L. “Jimmy” Haughey; and daughter-in-law Darlene Michelle McKinney.

Services are scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th Street, Sheridan, Indiana. Burial will follow at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. The Reverend Mark Knapp will be officiating. Visitation is scheduled to be held from 4 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.

Memorial Contributions may be presented to either the American Cancer Society, or to the American Heart Association.