Jane Lee McKinnon, 71, of Wilmington, Delaware died peacefully on Christmas morning after a long battle with several medical issues.
Jane was born in Chicago, IL to James R. Austin Sr. and the late Mardell K. Austin. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Levittown, PA, where she was a cheerleader. She loved to dance and was on American Bandstand on more than one occasion. Ms. McKinnon attended Slippery Rock University for one year following high school. Shortly after marriage to her former husband, Ms. McKinnon moved to Delaware where she worked nearly 25 years for the State of Delaware, working for the Brandywine School District from 1990 – 2009, and Delaware Health and Social Services from 2009 to her retirement in 2014.
Ms. McKinnon was a true artisan and entrepreneur starting several businesses. Her interests included reading, writing, watching her grandchildren do anything, making things by hand, spending time with family and friends, attending concerts, and long drives forany reason.
In addition to her mother, Jane was predeceased by her middle son Gregory T. McKinnon, and her former husband Richard McKinnon.
She is survived by her father James R. Austin Sr. of Levittown, PA; her children Richard C. McKinnon (Julie) of Garnet Valley, PA; Scott A. McKinnon (Crystal) of Townsend, DE; Greg’s wife Amy L. McKinnon of Claymont, DE; her brother James R. Austin Jr. of Levittown, PA; and her long-time partner Michael J. Edwards of Wilmington, DE. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren, Gregory, Alex, Matthew, Bryce, Kate, Brynn, Chase, and Mason McKinnon. Her grandchildren were the true joy of her life.
A woman of great faith and generosity, her listening ear and ability to connect with people, made her loved by many. She will be remembered for her love of music, her creativity, her kindness, her will to overcome, and her gentle understanding. She never realized the impact she had made on so many and was always willing to give the gift of self. She has accumulated many brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters over the years - not through blood, but through love.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, located at 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19803. Friends may call on the family from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Silverbook Cemetery in Wilmington.
Jane lived a life of giving, even creating a project of the heart called Thunder Moon Awareness. She was especially passionate about causes related to suicide prevention and mental health. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jane’s memory to the American Society for Suicide Prevention at: https://afsp.donordrive.com/campaign/janemckinnon