Marcella Pauline Rice McKinney, 100, daughter of E. Jay Rice and Nellie Davis Rice, was born Jan. 18, 1905, at Fowler, Cripple Creek Township, Meade County, Kan. She died Aug. 30, 2005, at Houston House Nursing Center.As a young girl, she attended the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Springfield. She received a doctor of chiropractic degree, one of the earliest degrees in the profession. She practiced only a short time before marrying Charles “”Debo”” McKinney March 18, 1928. They lived several years in the Huggins/Upton area where they farmed, raised their family and he operated sawmills.They moved to the Bucyrus/Houston area in the ’40s. Shortly thereafter, they bought the Absalom McKinney farm on the Big Piney near Bucyrus where they built a home.Mr. McKinney continued his farming and lumber interests.Mrs. McKinney operated a nursing home and a laundry at various times. She was clerk for Piney Township for many years.After the death of her husband in 1964, she continued to live at her home on the Big Piney until she moved to Houston House.She was a devout Christian and began teaching Sunday School classes in the ’40s. She was the adult Sunday School teacher at the First Christian Church in Houston from the ’60s until at age 96, she gave up her class but remained available to substitute.Surviving are her children, Lt. Col. Harold McKinney of Kinston, N.C., Gerald McKinney of Cleveland, Ga., Verda Wright of Miami, Okla., Donald “”Debo”” McKinney of Plato and Charles McKinney Jr. of Bucyrus; one sister, Velma of St. Peters; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.Memorial services under the direction of Evans Funeral Home are 2 o’clock Saturday at the First Christian Church in Houston with Jeff Moore officiating. The burial service will be private.Visitation is 6 to 8 o’clock Friday evening at the Evans chapel. “

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