Melba “June” Kinney, 85, of Scottsburg

Melba “June” Kinney, 85, of Scottsburg


Melba “June” Kinney, 85, of Scottsburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Salem Crossing Nursing Home in Salem, Indiana. 

She was born on May 31, 1935 in Austin, Indiana, the daughter of the late Homer  Gardner and Lila (Baker) Gardner.

June was raised on a large farm near Austin, Indiana, graduated from Austin High School in 1953 where she was a member of the High School Girl’s Quartet. 

She was a former member of the Phi Beta Psi Sorority. 

June was married on July 2, 1955 to Clifford H. Kinney, who preceded her in death on January 4, 2010.

They were often quoted saying, “We met at a roller skating rink and have been going round and round ever since.”  

They dearly loved and adored each other and God was always at the center of their marriage of 54 years. 

June was the former manager of the Scottsburg License Branch, under the leadership of her father, Homer M. Gardner. 

She became a full-time mother in 1959, 1962, and again in 1971. 

June was completely committed and dedicated to raising her children, being a faithful, loving wife and Godly woman. 

She took great delight in spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the apple of her eye. 

June was a member of the First Christian Church in Scottsburg, Indiana, where she taught children’s Sunday School. 

She spent many hours in the kitchen to prepare the exceptional meals she was known for by her family and friends. June was most certainly born with a green thumb. 

Her home always surrounded by an array of beautiful flowers. She inherited a special talent for sewing from her mother and played the piano by ear.  June would often play the piano at family gatherings. 

She enjoyed the beautiful birds often perched on the well-filled bird feeder she maintained throughout the year. 

June loved to laugh with others which came naturally through her incredible sense of humor!  

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Marvin Homer Gardner, and a sister, Norma Louise Vincent. 

Survivors include a son, David Gardner Kinney of Scottsburg, Indiana; two daughters, Brenda June Naugle of Sellersburg, Indiana and Karen Marie (Chris) Petty of Scottsburg, Indiana; five grandchildren, Andrea Mae England (Jason), Allison June Sellers (Joel), Emma Marie Naugle, Grant Christopher and Chase David Petty and two great-grandchildren, Adler Ryan England and Isabella “Bella” Marie Naugle.  

Private services were held on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Collins Funeral Home with Phil LaMaster officiating. 

Interment was in Scottsburg Cemetery. 

Donations in memory of June may be given to Living Hope Ministries c/o Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg, Indiana or to Living Hope Ministries, 5683 S Boatman Road, Underwood, Indiana 47177.