PORTLAND — Wilma Elizabeth DeTar Kinney, 91, died Dec. 17.
She was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Anthony, Kansas, and graduated from high school there. Soon afterward, she moved to Stratford, Connecticut, at the invitation of her older brother, Don, and his family.
Kinney attended business school in Connecticut, and worked first as a secretary at General Electric and later at Platt Technical School. In 1944, she married Keith Wyman Kinney, and together the couple raised their three children, Richard, Alan, and Pam, in Stratford.
In 1988, the couple moved to Maine to be closer to their grown children and extended family. Kinney kept busy with church activities, and was an avid bridge player, seamstress, housekeeper and cook. She loved time with her family and friends, and was especially grateful for her husband’s sister, Bonnie, his brother, Leon, sister-in-law Becky, and brother-in-law Fred, who all treated her like one of their own.
Kinney was predeceased by her husband, Keith; her brothers, Don, Leland and Chester; her brother-in-law, Leon; her nieces, Esther and Janet; and her nephew, Marvin.
She is survived by daughter Pam, son-in-law Ron and grandchildren Reid, Alison and Sarah, of Falmouth; son Richard, daughter-in-law Lynn and granddaughter Heather, of Pownal; son Alan, daughter-in-law Sherri, grandsons Sean, Tyler, Daran and Isaac and great-grandson Landon, of Gorham; sister-in-law Bonnie, brother-in-law Fred, sister-in-law Becky, brother-in-law Hubert, sister-in-law Irene, cousin Kalman, godchild Kim, niece Rose and other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Cedars Nursing Home, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 04103, or to a charity of one’s choice.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in Bradford, Maine.