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Sheila McKinnell

August 6, 1951 ~ July 29, 2020 (age 68)


Sheila N. Elizabeth Goff Palmer Tavenner McKinell went home to the Lord on July 29, 2020 at Gila Regional Medical Center.

Sheila was born August 6, 1951 in Galion, Ohio to Susanna Krebs and Johnson Goff (Colorado).  She left behind a loving son, Aaron Jay Palmer Tavenner McKinnell USMC1998-2003, and his wife Sara of Silver City, her mother, Susanna Goff of Denver, CO., her loving grandkids, Shawna-Renee of Colorado, Ricky and Mikayla of New Mexico and a very special sister, Edith Tuller (Oklahoma).  Sheila was not only a mom to her two boys, but a mom to four girls and one boy that were her bonus to her when she married Tom McKinnell in 1984.

 She was a brilliant poet and published author and won the Golden Poet in 1990.  Sheila also has some of her works at the Library of Congress and had many more attributes to credit her writing.  She had a Masters Degree in Psychology and an Associates Degree in Business from Will Rogers University in Clairemore, Oklahoma.  Sheila continued her education at Western New Mexico University.  She honored and loved all Native American Tribes and their culture.  Her dream was to open a Native American Cultural Center and worked towards that goal everyday.  One of her favorite activities was having lunch with her over the hill gang which included her sister, Edith, best friend and sister Loretta Macon.  Sheila enjoyed watching her grandchildren with their families and fellow grandmother, Dolores Dees.  She was a guiding light, mentor, counselor and teacher to so many people at numerous drug, alcohol and rehabilitation centers.  Sheila also enjoyed making jewelry for her family.

Sheila was preceded in death by her father, Johnson Goff; her second husband, Dana (Dan) Rae Tavenner (Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona); third husband, Tom McKinnell; son, John Patrick Palmer; mother-in-law, Agnes Van Dusen; Andrew Rodgers, Eduardo Rodgers; numerous friends and family including Daniel “Doc” Holliday, (New Mexico); Jack LaBelle and John Carter Sr.(Texas, Oklahoma)

Sheila was taken too soon but will never be forgotten, thank you Sheila for the beautiful memories and laughter that we will carry with us forever in our hearts.


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