Patricia Kinney

Born: 10/14/1948 Passed:

In the early morning hours of January 29, 2020, Patricia Kinney lost her brief battle with cancer. Patricia was born October 14, 1948 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late John “Jack” and Kathleen “Kay” Kinney. Her family lived in Southern Ohio and the Chicago area for a time before settling in Ann Arbor, Michigan, when she was 5 years old. In Ann Arbor, Patricia attended Saint Francis Elementary School and Saint Thomas High School where unbeknownst to her parents, she held an undefeated back road drag racing title. In 1977, she and her young family moved to the Bay Area town of Alameda, California, and eventually to Stockton, California. Patricia was a credit manager by trade, a member of the National Association of Credit Managers, and at one point served on the board of directors of the California Association of Credit Managers. At the time of her retirement, she was the International Credit Manager for a subsidiary of the Intel Corporation. Patricia spent most of her adult life as an advocate. As a mother of a daughter with Down Syndrome and a rare heart disorder, she advocated every day for proper medical care and education and instilled the sense of responsibility for advocacy in her daughters. Patricia loved to show her love for her friends and family through food and was quite the gourmet chef. She also had a razor-sharp sense of humor and a quick wit and not only loved to laugh but make all those around her laugh. She was also kind and generous, and all the friends of her daughters immediately became her children as well, right down to her sending them home from a visit with a warm fuzzy feeling and a week’s worth of leftovers. Not only did she love to laugh and cook, but she dreamed of one day being able to travel to all of the far-off countries she traveled to for work, with the intention of doing all of the tourist things she was never able to do. She also loved to garden, bake, and to read. The only thing in life she loved more than her children, were her grandchildren. It was that love of her “babies” that lead her to finally settle in the town of North Canton, Ohio, where she finished out her days close by her youngest grandchildren.

She is missed terribly and survived by her children Liz Morgan of Prattville, Alabama; Sarah Long and her husband Aaron and their children Jonathan, Aidan, and Abigail of Akron, Ohio; and Katy LaFata and her fiancé Robert Harlow and children Ariel and Makena Harlow of Stockton, California and by her sisters Kathleen Kinney of Troy, Michigan, Sheila Diamond of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Marian Kinney of Chicago, Illinois, Barbara Kinney of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Eileen Murphy of Alexandria, Virginia.

She is preceded in death by her beloved daughter Amy LaFata, and her brother John Kinney.

In lieu of flowers, her daughters are asking that a donation be made to the Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences and special memories may be shared at

Heritage Cremation Society



10 Tributes to Patricia Kinney

  1. Maryann Maynard says:

    Sending all my love love & prayers for all of you! Your Mama was an amazing woman with a heart of gold I will never forget my dear sweet beautiful friend Patty! Rest in Heaven Patty!

    • Christina Shelton says:

      Patty welcomed us with open arms and lots of meals. She always had a story to share and endless advice. I think I will miss her laugh the most. I love you Katy and I will always love Mom. ❤️

  2. Stephanie Feilzer says:

    Beautifully written. Your mom left her mark on this world and will be greatly missed.

  3. Dennis says:

    Patty was a friend for 36 years and I will miss her greatly
    Rest in peace Patty

  4. Patty Trimble says:

    Patty was one of my dearest friends since childhood. She had an amazing spirit for life and a heart of gold!
    Rest in pease, dear friend.

  5. Pam Caponio says:

    Too many beautiful memories to count. Our kids all together. Road trips, picnics, Amy’s Special Olympics triumphs, eating frenzies, Mustang Club shenanigans, sleep overs. You name it, we did it. Laughing hard was always included. My partner in crime for sure. An AMAZING woman and mother. It was my pleasure to be one of your close friends during a part of your life. Rest with sweet Amy now. ❤️

    • Karen Patrone says:

      I met Patty through my sister Pam Caponio, met her 3 children and along with my sister had many fun times with her… She was always ready for a good time. Miss you Patty soar with Amy. Love Karen Patrone. ????????????

  6. Barbara Parra says:

    Rest in peace Patty. It was such a pleasure to know you and your family. Thank you for the leftovers, but even more, thank you for the love and laughs.

  7. Gala (Burns) Lirette, ST 1966 says:

    Dear Family Members and those sisters I recall being from St. Francis and St. Thomas where I attended school in Ann Arbor there was Kathleen, Sheila, Marian, Barbara–seems so long ago. I must say didn’t recognize Patty in picture–have senior picture thoughts in my mind. Remember her dad driving several of us all the way to Benton Harbor for an ST football game. Patty was always fun–remember parties at her parents’ home during summer she held–dancing and yep, even drinking! I send my heartfelt condolences and was amazed at the very busy full life she shared with so many. A lot of persons still here now have an angel keeping an ever watchful eye on them down here. Sending Aloha

    • Katy (daughter) says:

      I knew she was much more of a rebel than she would admit to us! I would love to hear any more stories about her during that time!.

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