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Isabell G Mckinney

Isabell G McKinney

Isabell G. McKinney, 96 of Montgomery St., Carlsbad, NM went home to be with the Lord on Sunday,

January 31, 2021.

Isabell G (Armstrong) McKinney was born on April 18,1924 in Pontotock County Oklahoma to Edward

Whitney Armstrong and Dorotha S (Sparks) Armstrong. When Isabell was two years old her mother

passed away and her father moved Isabell and her two older sisters Alfreda Armstrong (Noethe) and

Ann J Armstrong (Sullenger) to live in Boise City, Cimmaron County Oklahoma.

Isabell met James Tomy McKinney in Boise City and married him on August 21, 1942.

Isabell lived in several cities while Tomy served in the Army during World War II, including Boise City,

Clayton, NM., Santa Fe, NM., and Albuquerque, NM. When Tomy returned from the war the couple

moved frequently for Tomy’s construction work before moving to Carlsbad, NM in the late 1950’s.

The couple started their own construction company, Star Equipment Rental, which specialized primarily

in excavation and road/pad construction for the potash mines and the oil industry. It also was involved

as a primary contractor on the Gnome Site project, the underground nuclear bomb testing site and

completed the Happy Valley Irrigation Pipeline project.

After Tomy passed away in 1992 Isabell found herself with time on her hands and went to work for the

Carlsbad Municipal School system in food services as a cafeteria lady working for 20 years at several

schools including Eddy, Puckett, Emitt Smith, Riverside, and Craft.

While in Carlsbad they raised their sons James E (Kayo) McKinney and Stacy A (SAM) McKinney while

being involved in many areas of the community. Isabell was involved in the Thunderbird Indian Dancers

Boy Scout Troop where she was the primary admission person, served as 4H club leader (Freewheelers

Club), Cub Scout Den Mother (Eddy Elementary), was a founding member of the Carlsbad FFA Alumni

Chapter and a longtime supporter of the Eddy County Sheriffs posse and the AJRA rodeo where she

rarely missed a performance from box seats for many years. Isabell was a proud member of the Eastern

Stars of Oklahoma, currently at the Guymon Oklahoma Chapter #419 location for 83 years until her


She was an active outdoors/hunting/fishing enthusiast. She hunted dove, quail, rabbit, antelope, bear

and especially mule deer. She also loved rural life raising her chickens and was also active in the

American Dairy Association (ADGA) raising and showing several Champion and Permanent Grand

Champion Saanen Dairy Goats.

Isabell loved her immediate family as well as her extended family of friends. She was preceded in death

by her parents, her husband and both of her sisters.

She is survived by both her sons, James “Kayo” McKinney and spouse Debbie McKinney, Stacy Alan

“SAM” McKinney, and partner Daniel Bollman, two granddaughters Teresa D McKinney and Katherine G

McKinney (Hedrick) and a spouse Lucas Hedrick, six grandchildren, three great great grand children with

two more on the way.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned. In lieu of flowers Isabell

requested donations in her memory go to Eastern Stars of Oklahoma (Guymon Chapter #419 Helen

Guymon Chapter #419 Helen Robbins Sec., 218 Perkins, Guymon, OK 73942) and/or to the Shriners

Hospital in Salt Lake City (

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