|Birth: ||Oct. 7, 1905|
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1965|
Born as the first child of Randolph Stewart McKinnon and Birdie Amelia Graham, 11 July 1905, Twila McKinnon, was the eldest of 10 children. She married Wesley James Kearl on 6 March 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She died 24 July 1965, from bone-cancer, I believe.
My father, Robert Gordon McKinnon, was her youngest brother. They were very close, and through frequent visits by our family to her ranch northeast of Randolph, Utah, I and my siblings got to know her pretty well, also.
I remember she always managed to have some home-made ice-cream ready for us, and usually some cookies, too. I remember she had two crazy pomeranian dogs that she loved. I remember also she had geranium flowers in almost every window-sill in the house. I remember trying to stay out of the way as Uncle Wes and his hired hand did their daily chores on the ranch.
A few years ago, while doing Family History research, I learned that my Aunt Twila provided a very important service for her community and nation during World War II! During the war, she wrote many articles (at least 63) for the Rich County News (formerly known as the Rich County Reaper). Generally entitled "News from Our Boys and Girls in the U. S. Service", these articles provided a vital link between these service men and women and their friends and loved ones back home. The boost in moral, for those at home and those serving, was truly inestimable!
You can read each of her articles, plus related information on my blog (iPAD users should click on the PDF file name ). I recently added information on the names that are mentioned in each article:
She Held Their Hands
My father served during WW II, and many of his friends did, too. I know they considered Twila's articles the highlight of their "mail-call"! I sure enjoy reading the letters from my father that Twila published!
Twila also wrote letters directly to many of the service-men and service-women about whom she wrote, giving them news, and asking for them to write something she could publish for the folks back home.
I also learned that she was a voluteer with the Red Cross during the war, providing many hours of dedicated effort to help out with the local Red Cross efforts.
Kudoes to you, Aunt Twila!! I loved you, and love you more now that I know of your dedication as you held the hands of friends and family and our brave service men and women!
Randolph Stewart McKinnon (1871 - 1935)
Birdie Amelia Graham McKinnon (1879 - 1940)
Wesley James Kearl (1903 - 1969)
Twila McKinnon Kearl (1905 - 1965)
Regina McKinnon Hanney (1906 - 2000)*
Mary McKinnon Tingey (1908 - 1989)*
Leora McKinnon Reese (1910 - 2003)*
Archibald Graham McKinnon (1912 - 1967)*
Twin Son McKinnon (1914 - 1914)*
Son McKinnon (1914 - 1914)*
Dora Margaret McKinnon Haglund (1915 - 2005)*
Max Eugene McKinnon (1917 - 1998)*
Robert Gordon McKinnon (1920 - 2006)*
Randolph City Cemetery
Maintained by: Robert Brent McKinnon
Originally Created by: Gary Thornton
Record added: Nov 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44329287