June 19,1934 – February 10, 2013
Miriam Louise Kinney, daughter of the late John Willard and Lela Mae Kinney, was born June 19, 1934 in Dillon, South Carolina. She was the oldest of fourteen children. Auntee, an endearing name to many was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, friend and especially a faithful servant of Jehovah’s Witness. Her life ended on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital.
Her Early education was in the public schools of Latta, South Carolina. She continued her formal education and graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in business. Following her tenure at Fisk, she became a secretary Gordon High School. Inspired to learn, she continued on to pursue a Masters Degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina graduating with honors.
In February 1955, she was united in matrimony to LaVon Huggins, Sr. and to that Union LaVon (Vonnie) Jr. and Ricky Bernard Huggings were born. Her sister, Frances Kinney Strong, whom she raised as her daughter, became a part of that union. Both LaVon Sr. and Vonnie Jr. preceded her in death.
Louise left South Carolina in the early 50′s and relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey where she enjoyed most of her adult years. One of the greatest joys of her life, following the birth of her children, was her work at St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. She relentlessly worked her way through the ranks at St. Michaels and became the director of Food Services where she remained until retirement. With zeal , she assisted her sisters and brothers in their pursuit in education, careers and dreams. She was the matriarch of her family. After retirement, she relocated to Columbia, Maryland for a brief time and finally to Dunn, North Carolina where she enjoyed her work as a Jehovah’s Witness and pioneer.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John Williard (Lela Mae) Kinney and her sister, Elizabeth Lorraine Strong and her aunts, uncles and grandparents.
Louise leaves to cherish her fond memories: a loving son, Ricky Bernard Huggins of Jersey City, NJ; Stepmother Eldora Kinney Inman of Latta, SC; Five sisters: Naomi Porchia of Huston, Texas; Emma Ruth (Bobby) Willis, Mary Frances (James) Strong, and Gloria Ann (Ronald) Kirkland all of Orangeburg, SC and Eldora Janette(LaVal)Williams of Florence, SC; Seven brothers: John Williard (Mary Jane) Kinney of Winstonsalem, NC, James Toliver (Ruthie) Kinney, Arnold Frederick(Mary) Kinney, William Cedric (Rickey) Kinney and Gregory LaShon (Cassie) Kinney all of Latta, SC; Charles Arthur(Felicia)Kinney of Dunn, NC and Lee Frank (Hazel) Kinney of Columbia and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends.
Auntee, firmly believed in Jehovah’s promise of a resurrection. Her hope was to look forward to the time when Jehovah calls all those in His memory back to life, no not in a wicked environment like this, but in a righteous new world, free of pain, sickness, and the sorrow of death. (John 5:28,29: Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21: 3,4)
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