MOUNT KISCO. N.Y. — Longtime Mount Kisco resident Edna McKinney was remembered Tuesday by Mayor Michael Cindrich as a woman who lived “a life of kindness, compassion and love." She died on Jan. 11 just short of her 100th birthday.
At Tuesday's trustees meeting, Cindrich declared Feb. 8, 2013, McKinney's birthday, “Edna McKinney Day” in the Village of Mount Kisco.
"Usually we celebrate life in milestones and segments, round numbers ... but we were very close with Edna," he said, who almost made it to 100 years (36,497 days).
Cindrich also attended a service for McKinney on Sunday at the United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, where she was a member for over 70 years.
Born in Thornwood in 1913, McKinney worked as a receptionist at the Mount Kisco Medical Group until she was 70 years old.
After she retired from the medical group, McKinney worked at Fox and Sutherland for another 16 years as a gift wrapper, he said.
During her life, McKinney worked as a volunteer driver for Friends In Service Helping (FISH), lending a hand to the neediest community members, and personally crocheted over 300 afghans for friends.
McKinney also became known around town for her delicious baked goods, Cindrich said. "She was known as 'the brownie lady' for her culinary talent of baking and sharing brownies for whomever she met," he said.
McKinney lived through World War I, a good economy in the '20s, followed by the Depression, Hitler’s reign of terror in Europe, the attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II, the Korean War, the assassination of a John F. Kennedy, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the tragedies of the war in Vietnam, all the way up until today, the mayor said.
McKinney even played a personal part in America's history. She and her husband, Oscar, served as spotters during World War II, watching for enemy planes, Cindrich said. The McKinneys had two children, Scott and Mary and three grandchildren.
United Methodist Church members and friends Bobbie McCann, Andre Ferrara and the Rev. Karen Burger accepted the plaque declaring Edna McKinney Day in lieu of McKinney's son.
The plaque, Burger said, would find a special place in the church.