PRESQUE ISLE – Norma Kinney, 90, died Jan. 28, 2013 at the Presque Isle Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 21, 1922, the daughter of L. Oscar and M. Fern Flewelling.
She grew up in Easton on the family farm. She graduated from Easton High School and Husson College in Bangor. In November 1947, she married Vaughn Kinney also of Easton. Mrs. Kinney worked with her husband at Kinney’s Men’s Clothing store while also raising their children. She was a wonderful seamstress and did all the alterations for the store. She loved to interact with people. No one was ever a stranger. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Mrs. Kinney attended State Street Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She had served as a Sunday school teacher and Pioneer Girl leader. Of late, she was attending Presque Isle Wesleyan Church.
She is survived by two sons Gary and his wife, Lily, of Alexandria, Va., and Paul and his wife, Laurie, of Presque Isle, one daughter, Betty and her husband, Steve Playter, of Cadillac, Mich. She has four granddaughters, Wendy Playter of Geneva, Ohio, Jill and her husband, Dustin “Playter” Van Dyke of Bozeman, Mont., Anna Kinney of Alexandria, Va., and Jessica and her husband, Chris LaFave, of Presque Isle. She has two great-grandchildren, Bailey Van Dyke and Seth LaFave and one on the way. She is also survived by one brother, Floyd and his wife, Reta Flewelling, of Easton; and two sisters-in-law, Vera Cullins and Olivia Kinney; many nieces and nephews; and her longtime friends, Mona Blanchard, Margaret Adams and many other wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Vaughn; two brothers, Howard and Lawrence Flewelling; and a sister, Clara Cook; sisters-in-law, Lillian Flewelling, Alice Kinney, Doris Day, Inez Miller, Kay Kinney; and brothers-in-law, Sam Cook, Ralph Kinney, Wendell Kinney, Harold Kinney, Raymond Cullins, Max Day and Bob Miller.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle. A Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Presque Isle Wesleyan Church, 387 Centerline Road, Presque Isle, with the Rev. Bud Fancy and the Rev. Bernard Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in her honor to the Presque Isle Wesleyan Church Guatemala Mission Trip, P.O. Box 763, Presque Isle. Online condolences may be shared at www.duncan-graves.com.