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Nina Kathryn Kinnie

March 9, 1926 September 15, 2016
Nina Kathryn Kinnie
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Nina Kathryn (Kopp) Kinnie, beloved Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 15, 2016. At the age of 90, she passed on peacefully and was surrounded by her loved ones.

Nina was born March 9, 1926 in Kalispell, Montana to Clarence A. Kopp and Nina Clark Kopp. She was the youngest child in the family and had three siblings - Mandy, John, and Bob. When Nina was 5 years old her family moved to La Grande, Oregon. Her father, Clarence, was a teacher and later a principal of the elementary school. Nina's mother was also a teacher. Following what Clarence believed was a calling from the Lord, he became an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. The Kopp home was full of love, laughter, games, music, food & fun! Nina loved playing her violin and going to see movies with her friends. She especially enjoyed the family trips to "The Minum" in the beautiful mountains of Oregon. Nina enjoyed close relationships with her brothers and sister. Her parents were a tremendous influence in her life. They imparted strong Christian values, unconditional love, lots of family fun, and a rich legacy of faith.

After graduating from La Grande High School, Nina attended Eastern Oregon College of Education for two years. She then went on to Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. She earned her degree in Home Economics.

Nina's next big adventure was moving to San Francisco, CA. She worked there a short time before meeting the man she knew was meant to be her husband - Leland Dale Kinnie. Lee and Nina met on a blind date set up by her girlfriend and Lee's Navy buddy. Lee was in San Francisco on leave with the U.S. Navy. After several months of "courtship" Lee and Nina fell in love. They were married on a Fall day in September. Nina's dad performed a simple ceremony and blessed the marriage in La Grande, Oregon. Shortly after they were married, Lee and Nina moved to Colorado. For the next 60 years, Nina would build a loving, strong, faith-filled home.

Nina and Lee had three beautiful daughters - Ruth Lea, Karen Kay and Terri Anne. These girls were the love and joy of Nina's life. Her full-time career became wife, mother and homemaker. Her devotion and commitment to her family was a natural result of the loving person she was. Her caring heart and strong faith in the Lord, enabled her to care for her family and raise her children well! Nina was actively involved and supportive of all her girl's activities. There was never an event, program, recital, play, game, or school function she did not attend. Being an incredible mom was one of Nina's greatest accomplishments!

Nina was married to Lee almost 60 years until his death in 2012. Through the good times along with the difficult and trying times, Nina loved Lee unconditionally. She was faithfully committed to her marriage. Her example of ongoing love, support, and forgiveness further demonstrated what an extraordinary woman and wife she was. Nina would be the first to tell you, it was her faith and trust in the Lord that got her through.

Nina had several interests and hobbies that she enjoyed over the years. These included: playing bridge, bowling, golf, tennis, water skiing, camping, horseback riding, time in the mountains, cooking, traveling, working with children and helping others. She was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed a good ol' mystery! Nina had a warm, caring heart and developed many special friendships throughout her life. She was a member of Rolling Hills Women's Golf & Tennis Clubs, was in a Bowling League, a member of Daughters of the Nile Sorority, and participated for many years in a Bible Study Group. Nina faithfully served for over 20 years on the Altar Guild at St. James Episcopal Church. She considered this
to be her honor and privilege.

After raising her children, Nina ventured out and was employed full-time with Cherry Creek Schools. She was a Teacher Aide in the classroom at Eastridge Elementary for 10 years. Nina was loved and appreciated by everyone. She had a wonderful way of relating with the children. Teachers, staff and parents referred to her as "an exemplary employee". By definition this means: "serving as an ideal model; representing the best of its kind; impeccable". She was simply the best!!

In her 90 years of life, Nina Kinnie lived well with genuine love and grace. She shared her gifts of kindness, goodness, faith, and a wonderful sense of humor with everyone she encountered. Toward the end of her life, Nina fought a courageous battle with cancer. Through all of her pain and struggle, she remained strong in hope and trusted in God's plan for her life.

Nina's legacy will live on in her family and with those she has touched with her gentle, quiet, strong spirit. Her warm smile and kind heart will never be forgotten. She will be remembered with heartfelt admiration and endearing love as "Mom, Nema, Dinny and Nina". What a wonderful, extraordinary woman she was!

Nina, we were honored to have you in our lives! You are loved so much by all of us and
you will most certainly be missed!!

"Well done, good and faithful servant." ~ Matthew 25:23

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!" ~ Psalm 118:24

Nina is survived by her daughters: Ruth (Carson) Miles, Karen (Dean) Liley, Terri Kopp-Kinnie; grandchildren: Mark (Stefanie) Liley, Kristina (Ryan) McGovern, Marie (Nick) Ronan, Brad (Lisa) Hoyer, Stephanie (Mary) Fox, Brandon Amato, Mandi Amato; great-grandchildren: Giuliana, Angelina, Madison, Annabella, Anthony, Kinley; sister: Mandy (Tom) Adams; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

• In Nina's honor, donations may be made to Cancer Research or Honor Hospice.
• Flowers should be delivered to Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., Highlands Ranch 80126 (Friday morning deliveries are preferred.)
• Nina’s final resting place is Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

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11:00 AM 9/23/2016 11:00:00 AM
Cherry Hills Community Church

3900 Grace Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Chapel at Cherry Hills Community Church.

Cherry Hills Community Church
3900 Grace Blvd. Highlands Ranch 80126 CO
United States

Cemetery Details


Fort Logan National Cemetery Final Resting Place

3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80235

3698 South Sheridan Boulevard Denver 80235 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Honor Hospice

4251 Kipling Street, Suite 405
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Colorado Cancer Research Program, 1720 South Bellaire Street, Suite 701, Denver, CO 80222


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