Hope N. McKinnon, 89: Lifelong educator, devoted to family

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PORTLAND — Hope (Neal) McKinnon, 89, died July 3 at Cedars Nursing Care Center.

A daughter of Edward and Mary Ann (Shanks) Neal, she was born and raised in Eaton, and graduated from Danforth High School.

She earned an undergraduate degree from Eastern Maine Normal School and later on, a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University.

At age 19 she began her 52-year teaching career. A dedicated educator, she taught er teaching career spanned many grade levels in both Maine and Connecticut schools.

After retiring from her last position in Connecticut, she moved back to Maine to be closer to her children and beloved granddaughter.

She was predeceased by her husband, George W. McKinnon Sr., her son, George W. McKinnon Jr., and her 12 brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her daughter, Sharon E. McKinnon of Portland, and her son, Christopher and his wife Maryanne (Scally) McKinnon of Augusta; a granddaughter, Meaghan E. McKinnon of South Portland; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.