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Heather Irene McKinley

March 24, 1955 ~ December 18, 2017 (age 62)

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It is our deepest sympathy that we announce the passing of Heather Irene McKinley, (aka Heather Godkin, Heather Everett, Heather Montgomery), on December 18, 2017.

Heather is survived by her three sons: Tracy Everett, his wife Amber Everett and their two children, Siarra and Zachariah; Shawn Everett, his wife Tamie and their three children Forrest, Cheyenne, and Payton; and Dallas Everett, his spouse Kayla and their son Emmitt.  She will also be remembered by her two sisters, Mary and Linda; two brothers, Alec and Ron; and each of their families; brothers-in-law, Clifford, Grant, Steve, Allan and Tony; sisters-in-law, Rachel and Joy; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Heather is predeceased by her dad, Wilbor Godkin; mom, Dorothy Godkin; first husband, Barry Everett; second husband, Paul Montgomery; and third husband, David McKinley; and stepdaughter, Tina Montgomery.

Heather was an amazing woman whom most knew as a strong, stubborn lady... but fair as long as you were honest.

Her sister, Mary, shared a moment from their childhood: the three sisters were in the kitchen and their mom told 3-4 yr old Heather to stay by the window and not move until she got back in from outside. Linda and Mary decided to get into a cabinet under the old kitchen sink which had been traded out and just sitting in the kitchen. The door closed behind them and would not open from the inside so they called Heather to open the door. Heather would not move as she was told by her mom to stay at the window. Linda then had to push up on the sink so Mary could crawl out and open the door. This is just one moment in time Heather showed her strong will.

Another moment of her strong will that stands out came in 1977, on August 16th. Heather was in labour with Shawn but refused to go to the hospital because the TV had just announced that her favorite singer, Elvis Presley, had died. She told us kids many times she did not believe the news and told everyone she was not going anywhere until she had proof Elvis was dead. So that is the real reason Shawn was born on August 17th. Elvis’s songs, movies, and merchandise were a big part of mom’s happiness.

Heather’s life was not an easy one but she made the best with what she was dealt. Heather worked hard and helped many people by being a friend or giving people a place to stay while they were down and out. It is our belief Heather impacted many lives throughout her 62 years - be it in a simple way of saying hi, offering advice, or offering the warmth of her home.     

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