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Rachel McKay

Rachel McKay

August 10, 1932 - March 31, 2019

Rachel Anna McKay, 86, of Burlington died Sunday morning, March 31, 2019, at Great River Hospice House.

She was born Aug. 10, 1932, in What Cheer, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd Oldaker and Bertha Iro Jenkins Oldaker.

On Nov. 19, 1960, she married Delmar McKay, Jr., in Monmouth, Illinois. They lived in several communities in both southern and northern Iowa, but eventually settled in Forest City, renovating or building numerous homes along the way. After her husband's retirement, they moved to Burlington in 1999.

She worked as an EMT before attending nursing school and becoming a licensed practical nurse. She worked for several doctors and clinics in northern Iowa, but most enjoyed working with the severely handicapped.

She was an excellent seamstress and cook and enjoyed preparing big meals for family gatherings. Her grandchildren loved her homemade cookies. Always on the move, she loved yard work and gardening. If it fit in a jar, she would can it. She also was a lifelong reader and enjoyed helping the poor. She always smelled good.

Those left to miss her wit and great sense of humor are her husband, Delmar; four daughters, Elizabeth (David) Hines of Phoenix, Ariz., Rajene (Randy) Miller of Burlington, Raeanne (Steve) Monk of Forest City and Lorie (Erik Acker) McKay of Muscatine; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Patricia Origenes of Seattle, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Helen McKay of Las Vegas; one brother-in-law, Leroy McKay of Ocala, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.

Cremation has been afforded. The family greatly appreciates the loving care provided by the staff and volunteers at hospice house and Dr. Rashid.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to Great River Hospice House.

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