Pat McKinnon

Date of Birth: March 12, 1951  |   Date of Death: September 3, 2011   |   Service Date: 10:30 AM, Wed., Sept. 7 at Sts. Peter and Paul, New Bruanfels 

Patricia Kardys McKinnon

The Lord called his servant Pat McKinnon, home September 3rd after a two year battle with cancer. Pat was born March 12, 1951 in Mt. Clemans to Mack and Juanita (Mixon) Kardys.  She graduated from Samuel Clemens High School and went on to graduate with a teaching degree from Southwest Texas State University where she was a member of the Strutters Dance Team.  While at SWT, she met and married Ted McKinnon, her husband of forty years. 

Pat touched many students lives as a teacher. She taught for a combined twenty years at Travis Elementary in San Marcos and Frazier Elementary in New Braunfels. She had a special gift of relating to children and cared deeply about seeing them succeed.

Pat has been a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for 23 years. Upon retiring from teaching, she enjoyed her involvement in Christian education and bible study.  She loved traveling and had a sense of adventure.

 Pat’s greatest joy came from being a wife, mother, sister, and grandmother.  She was selfless and a model mother. She loved her family dearly and was helpful and generous.  “Gigi” was a grandmother extraordinaire planning special outings, crafts, and activities to do with her grandchildren. She will be missed.

 She is survived by her husband, Ted, daughter Leigh McKinnon, daughter and son-in-law Amy and Ian Taylor and grandchildren Mattie and Graham Taylor, her mother, Juanita Kardys, and siblings Diane Birdwell, Richard Kardys, Kenneth Kardys, and Daniel Kardys.

 Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 6th at 7:00 PM at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos. A Celebration service will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, September 7th at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels. Graveside service is private.

 Arrangements under the care and guidance of Pennington Funeral Home, 323 North Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook on line at

30 Condolences

  • Francis Stacey

    September 4th, 2011 on 10:35 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.We wish we could be there with you and all the family. She fought a good

  • Margie Mixon-Daw

    September 5th, 2011 on 3:06 pm

    Our prayers are with the family at this time! My sweet cousin will be missed by many.
    “Eternal life grant unto thee and may perpetual light shine upon her!”

  • Jim and Dorothy KRAMER

    September 5th, 2011 on 7:42 pm

    We are so sorry and are thinking of you and your two daughters. You are very much in our prayers.
    Jim and Dorothy

  • Peggy/ Tom/ MaryRose

    September 5th, 2011 on 9:45 pm

    To the Texas Kardys clan,
    We love you and will be praying for all of you in this time of grief .we know Mac and Walt are welcoming her . God bless
    We are truly sorry , special hugs to Ted.
    Love Maryrose , Tom and Peg

  • Charlie and Debbie Mixon Gautreaux

    September 6th, 2011 on 11:57 am

    So sorry for your loss. Patsy was a beautiful person both inside and out. I know you will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Much love, Chuck and DJ

  • Mark and Diana Hendricks

    September 6th, 2011 on 4:00 pm


    Please accept our most sincere condolences. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Your friends,
    Mark and Diana Hendricks

  • Lee and Ann Ikels

    September 6th, 2011 on 4:20 pm

    Pat was such a wonderful person and teacher. Frazier was lucky to have her as a part of our faculty. She will be missed.

  • Michael and Cheryl Heintze

    September 6th, 2011 on 4:38 pm

    We are sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you work through this difficult time.
    Michael and Cheryl

  • Tony & Debbie Klein

    September 6th, 2011 on 4:50 pm

    Debbie & I am so sadden with the news of Pat. Our prayers are with you and the kids.

  • Laura Davila

    September 6th, 2011 on 5:09 pm

    Word can not explain death or ease your painful heart. But, do know your loved one is Safely Home with our Lord Jesus.
    My heartfelt sympathy,
    Laura Davila
    San Marcos, Tx.

  • Evelyn Lear

    September 6th, 2011 on 5:23 pm

    Mr. McKinnon: my condolences are with you at this time of grief. Mrs. McKinnon was my son’s 2nd grade teacher, and was so loved by him and the rest of her class. If I remember correctly, that was the year that she retired from Goodwin Frazier. She will be missed, but will be in our hearts forever. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Janice Faurie

    September 6th, 2011 on 5:45 pm

    Ted and family,
    Please know we are lifting you up in this time of sorrow. My our Lord Jesus hold you in His sheltering arms and provide you with healing, comfort, and His unconditional love. Do not hesitate to ask should you need anything.
    With hopeful heart and prayers, Janice

  • Robert Birdwell and Family

    September 6th, 2011 on 5:57 pm

    To the Kardys, McKinnon and Birdwell families — Our sympathy,love and prayers in your loss. Pat was a very special person to her family and touched many lives.

  • Charles McInnis

    September 6th, 2011 on 5:58 pm

    May God’s love be with you all at this difficult time.

  • Jerry and Linda Fields

    September 6th, 2011 on 7:00 pm

    A very long and tough battle was fought, and now Pat is in a safe place with no pain, and suffering. God bless her, and all of her family. Ted, our warmest regards go out to you and your family. May peace be with you during this time of morning.

  • janie z. de los santos

    September 6th, 2011 on 7:23 pm


  • Melvia Randlle

    September 6th, 2011 on 8:52 pm

    Ted, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Melvia Randle

  • Cheryl Wayt Smith

    September 6th, 2011 on 10:12 pm

    Fond high school memories.

  • Becky and Ron Prince

    September 7th, 2011 on 1:16 am

    Dear Ted,

    We are praying for you and your family.

  • Celia Barragan

    September 7th, 2011 on 3:04 am

    My prayers are with the McKinnon family. I taught with Pat in San Marcos and at Goodwin Frazier in New Braunfels. She was a wonderful teacher. She will be missed.

  • Jimmy & Ranada Jack

    September 7th, 2011 on 3:47 am

    Ted, Jimmy and I are so sorry to hear about Pat. We had know idea that she had been sick. You and your family will be in our prayers for the days to come . May God give you the strength to carry on , to remember the good times and cherish the wonderful memories you and Pat made.We love you, Jimmy & Ranada.

  • Mary Colgin Williams

    September 7th, 2011 on 2:30 pm

    Dear Ted and Girls,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to each one of you. She was a lovely lady!
    God Bless,
    Mary Colgin Williams

  • Caring Senior Service

    September 7th, 2011 on 4:26 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Congratulations on 40 wonderful years together! Thank you for allowing us to share a small part of that journey.
    Caring Senior Service Staff

  • Emily Lipsey

    September 7th, 2011 on 4:36 pm

    I student taught under Mrs. McKinnon. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was an extraordinary lady.

  • Sandy Yoder

    September 7th, 2011 on 5:37 pm

    I know there are no words to heal the pain you have. Please know that I am here if you ever need a hug or shoulder to cry on.


  • Dana Long Scheel

    September 8th, 2011 on 1:27 am

    Ted, I was deeply saddened to read of Pat’s passing in the newspaper. Living in the same town so close and not even knowing of her illness saddens me too. My prayers are with you and your girls at this time.

  • Bridget

    September 8th, 2011 on 2:44 am

    I taught with Pat at Frazier Elementary School. I am so saddened to hear this news. Pat was very cheerful,loved her sense of humor and I enjoyed seeing her at church as she greeted people. Pat was a lovely lady. God’s loving arms be wrapped around her family at this time, she will be missed. Bridget

  • Kathy Suarez

    September 8th, 2011 on 3:11 am

    I had the honor and pleasure of teaching with Pat at Frazier. She was a special lady and wonderful teacher. I will always remember our laughs at recess time and your awesome Wit!May god bless you and your family during these sad times.Thank-you Pat for always being a special friend to me.

  • Enrica Rincones

    September 8th, 2011 on 7:33 pm

    Our family sends thier deepest condolences. You all are in our prayers and on our hearts. May God’s love give you strength, and may you always hold on to the blessed memories.

  • Paige Lueking

    September 19th, 2011 on 8:14 pm

    At this time, may your faith and God’s love carry you.

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