Winifred McKinney, 95

Sept. 30, 1922 - Aug. 6, 2018
Winifred McKinney, Sept. 30, 1922 - Aug. 6, 2018

Winifred Irene McKinney of Indialantic, Fla., who had led a peripatetic life  living abroad as a stewardess and traveling, died on Aug. 6 at an assisted living facility in Florida. She was 95 and had been in good health until the last year and a half.

Ms. McKinney was known to her friends in Montauk as Wini. She came to Montauk in the 1970s after her brother, Roy Norman, built the Port Royal Hotel and Shipwreck restaurant. She lived there till 1995, when she moved to Florida.

She was born in Windsor, Ontario, in Canada, on Sept. 30, 1922, the oldest of four children of Harry Norman and the former Winifred Hartley, who were British immigrants. She grew up in Niagara Falls.

Ms. McKinney drew maps in the cartography department of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, her family said, later becoming a stewardess for the British Overseas Airways Corporation. She married a Trans World Airlines pilot, Thomas Morgan, and they lived in London but later divorced. Her second husband was Alexander McKinney, a Pan Am executive. They lived in Paris and also divorced.

Her family said that good food and animals were among Ms. McKinney’s interests. In Montauk, she loved the beach, “ocean and bayside both,” they said. While living in Indialantic, she volunteered at Holy Name of Jesus, a Catholic beachside community.

Two sons, Thomas Morgan and Stephen McKinney, both of Marin County, Calif., survive, as do three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Even though she was the oldest of three siblings, they died before her. 

Ms. McKinney was cremated. Her sons are planning a memorial in San Francisco. They suggested memorial donations to the A.S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 96929, Washington, D.C. 20090-6929.