Christoper “Chris” McGinnis was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 19, 1967. Christopher joined his father, Jimmy Sandy, in heaven on October 11, 2020. Chris is survived by his mother, Kathleen Strickland, his Step-father, Nathan Strickland, his Step-sister, Natalie Strickland, the love of his life, Mary Ayers, and his dear fur-babies, Roxy (his dog) and Toonces (his cat).
Christopher had a small family but was very close to them. He spent a lot of time with his Grandma Eleanor growing up, he was the light of her life. Chris was very close to his Mother and Step-Father, they loved to have game nights together and play Yahtzee. Chris was very good at Yahtzee. He had so many talents.
When Chris was young, he was always very active and loved to be involved in just about every sport. His favorites were Hockey, and Soccer. He was such a big fan of St. Louis Blues hockey. He loved going to as many Blues games with his Dad as he could. They were best friends and did everything together. He played guitar and loved music. He always loved animals and cared for his pets very much.
Chris met Mary randomly in St. Louis while listening to a band one night. They danced together and then quickly fell in love. They loved each other very much and lived a very happy life together. Mary’s family accepted Chris as their own. He enjoyed being with all of her family and friends. They loved going and doing things together like listening to music, being outside at sunflower patches, wineries, or going camping with friends. Chris was always fun to be around. Mary and her kids are so happy for the times they had with Chris. He was so good to them and to her grand-baby, Lainey.
Words from his mother:
“I think one of the most memorable moments of his life was when we were watching the blues game at the enterprise center. Even though they weren’t playing there live, they won the Stanley cup that game and I’ve never seen him so excited and happy! Everyone in the whole place was alive with so much excitement. He said they hadn’t won the Stanley cup in so long it was like a miracle to get to see that in his lifetime. I’m so glad that he was able to enjoy that experience and that Mary and I got to be there with him.”
Chris will be forever loved and missed by many. In his memory, Chris would not want our hearts to hurt. He loved God and he loved people and cared about others so deeply. He would want us to remember good times with him, times that he made us laugh (there were many). He would want us to remember to VOTE to make America Great Again, he would want us to continue to cheer for the St. Louis Blues, and spread love and kindness to everyone.
If you’d like to make donations in Chris’s honor, contributions to be made to the Humane Society for animals and Shriners Hospitals for Children Cancer foundation.
Christopher’s celebration of life will be held Wednesday, October 14th at 4:00pm at Chris and Mary’s home 249 Valley Dr. in Farmington, Missouri.
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”