Jennifer P. "Jenny" McKinney

jennifer p. mckinney

Jennifer Lea Posey McKinney was born on August 10th, 1961 to Buddie and Shirley Posey in Houston, TX. She died peacefully in her home on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 after a ten year battle with breast cancer. Jenny’s battle with cancer was marked by her devotion to the Lord, His word, and His church. She spent the last several days of her life surrounded by friends and family who she loved very much.

Jenny was raised in Channelview, TX along with her three sisters. Jenny sang in the choir, was a Channelette and graduated third in her class.  Buddie and Shirley filled their home with love and laughter, and the four Shirley girls lived a very full and wonderful childhood together full of music, horses, dancing, water skiing, camping, and family road trips. Jenny, her parents, and her sisters were faithful attendees of Old River Terrace United Methodist Church. She came to know Jesus as Savior at age 11, and her mother and the church were instrumental in her growth as a young Christian. Jenny attended San Jacinto College after graduating from high school; she had a part time job at CornDog 7, where she met Stephen McKinney. They were married on January 24th, 1981 at Old River Terrace United Methodist Church.

Steve and Jenny lived and raised their family in Hughes Springs, TX. It was Jenny’s greatest joy to be a wife and mother. Despite multiple miscarriages, God gave her and Steve three beautiful children - Chris, Cara, and Clay. Jenny loved her Hughes Springs community and was very involved at First Baptist Hughes Springs and taught multiple Sunday School groups and TeamKids. She was a part of the church choir for many years and loved to sing praises to her God, both at church and at home. It was very important to her that she and her family were involved in church together. She worked diligently to stay in touch with all her extended family and keep up with their wants, needs and happenings.  After her children left her home, she invested much of her time in Jenny’s Hope. Jenny’s Hope was a ministry that was named in her honor and gave her great joy and a new opportunity to meet new people and serve their needs in the name of Jesus.

Jenny was a “knower”.  Her quick mind kept up with details that served her in her work and personal life.  Those around her came to depend upon her knowing.  Combined with her loving servant heart, her joy and contagious laugh, her commitment to seek the best in others and to speak truth, Jen was a powerful force that God used to bless those with whom she connected.

Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 16th, 2010. Throughout her battle with cancer, she was never afraid of the fight. She always believed that her fight with cancer was a way to show others how to live a life of faith. God was her strength and comfort during the battle, and she wanted others to know that. Despite her cancer diagnosis, Jenny lived a very full life for the last 10 years. All three of her children are married, and she was blessed with three beautiful grandchildren.  Becoming “JenJen” was an added joy to her life, a joy that she at times was not sure she would receive. She spent many days traveling, laughing and making memories with her husband, children, grandchildren, sisters, and extended family.

Jenny’s battle with cancer ended on January 17th. Even to the end of her life, Jenny’s prayer was that throughout this trial her God would be glorified.  She proclaimed the name of Jesus and spent time praying and singing with her family. It was most evident to her and her family that the peace and strength of God was with them. She and her family understood that when she left this earth, she would see the face of Jesus and be healed. Her family rejoices in her healing, and the promise that they one day too will be reunited with her and her Savior.

Jenny is survived by her loving husband Stephen McKinney; son, Chris McKinney (Keisha) of DeQueen, Arkansas and their son Joshua; daughter, Cara Carrington (Kevin) of Lowell, Arkansas and their children Molly and Sophie; son, Clay McKinney (Emily) of Conway, Arkansas; sister, Deborah Posey of Houston, TX; sister, Kathryn Posey and her daughter Gracie (Ian) of Channelview, TX; sister, Malinda Zamarripa (Robert) of Pittsburg, TX and their children Faith, Hope, and Matthew; mother-in-law, Betty McKinney of Hughes Springs, TX; sister-in-law Brenda Sellers (Greg) of League City, TX and their children Brent (Katie) and Sean (Lacey); sister-in-law Elizabeth Meyer (Danny) of New Boston, TX and their son Luke; brother-in-law Greg McKinney (Mary) of Hughes Springs, TX and their children Jarrod (Brittany), Ryan (Mariah), and Chad (Katelyn); brother-in-law Jeff McKinney (Janie) of Hughes Springs, TX and their children Kurt (Ashley), Julie (Casey), and Blake (Alisha);  and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jenny was preceded in death by her father, Buddie Posey; mother, Shirley Posey; father-in-law, L Ray McKinney; and brother-in-law, Mike Wellborn.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at First Baptist Church with Bro. Joseph Adams and Bro. Daniel Bramlett officiating. Burial will follow at Hughes Springs Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. Mrs. McKinney will lie in state from 12:00 noon until service time Wednesday at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society: or Cypress Basin Hospice: 

Due to Covid-19, the family has requested those attending the funeral to please wear mask.

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  1. I knew Jenny and her family from Channelview . I remember when she and Steve started dating and when they go married. She was absolutely wonderful and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

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    The Word says we are to rejoice at the passing of a love one. We grieve but we can rejoice knowing that Jenny is rejoicing in the presence of her Savior.

  3. so sorry for your loss FLY HIGH BEAUTIFUL ANGEL you will be missed Love and Prayers for the family GOD put her in my life for a reason im so glad i was allowed to call her my friend

  4. I’ve been lucky enough to call her first family, my second family??
    The girl always smiled with her whole face and heart. Lots of love and music just left this world and will be missed so deeply, but love lives on, and I know a bunch of Poseys and their pals will have to step it up and fill the big music void. I know your loss is huge and hearts will take time not to ache beyond belief. Love and light and gentle passage through grief to all.

  5. Jenny was such a sweet lady, years ago I had a bake and delivery route that I went to businesses and sold my cookies, breads and cakes, she always bought something from me every week. She loved my Omish bread. She was going through chemo at that time but she always had a smile on her face. I have tried to keep up with her through the years and followed her on Facebook. I was so sorry to hear about her passing but I know that she is in a better place with no pain. I won't forget her. I am praying for your family.

  6. No words can express the sorrow at hearing of your loss. I will never hear Sweet Little Jesus Boy or Point of Grace again without crying. The only consolation I can offer is there is ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT in my mind that she is truly, finally, in a place where there is no more pain. I am grateful to have her as a part of my life. Prayers of comfort for all of her sweet family.

  7. jen jen was and still is a beautiful kind hearted woman and i’m glad to say she was my jen jen. she had high spirits and she loved everyone she showed me love and i wasn’t even her family but she took me in as her granddaughter. she showed me love before i even knew who she was really. her faith and the whole family’s faith in God i never seen that in a family or even in a person, and that changed me. jen jen made a big impact on my life, and i’m not glad she’s gone but i’m glad she’s not in pain anymore and she’s with your Lord and Savior! forever in my heart jen jen ??

  8. Stephen, Chris, Cara, & Clay, Jenny was absolutely the most beautiful person I have ever known. My heart is broken for all of you. We had lunch a while back, and she couldn’t wait to show me her hall of pictures with all her children, their spouses, and grandchildren. She beamed with pride and love as she walked through the hall showing me each one. She lit up any room with her smile, and always looked at the positive. She will be greatly missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have known her.

  9. Our hearts and prayers go to your family at this difficult time. Although we don’t see one another, just know we think of all the family often. Blessings and prayers surround you all for such a wonderful Christian family. That steadfast legacy will influence future generations.

  10. I am so sorry. She was such a great lady! Take care and let me know if I can do ANYTHING for you or you family. Love, ksutton

  11. The thing we will always remember about Jenny was her smile. She was always smiling and pleasant to be around. We never knew her to have a bad day even through the illness. And now we know she is at peace in Heaven. Such a beautiful soul, gone Home from this Earth, but wonderful memories of Jenny will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Steve, and family, during this time and always.

  12. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to all of you. Jenny was such a kind and genuine person. She was the kind of person who always made you feel good after visiting with her. May You find comfort in knowing that she is healed and is with our Lord Jesus Christ.

  13. God bless your family ! Knew the Posey family when we all attended church together. So sorry for your loss and may God comfort each one of you !

  14. Jenny was such a kind person who always was there for everyone. God put her in my life and she helped me through one of the darkest times in my life when we lost our unborn baby. She was a true warrior for Christ who touched many lives while here on earth. I cherish the thought of seeing her again in heaven one day. Prayers for the family as you adjust to life without her.

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