Shaunalee Prather passed away peacefully on April 4. Shaunalee is survived by her husband Professor Tom Prather of Western State, brother Rod McKinnon of Ridgway and her sister Marilee Moore of Montrose. She has three children, Allyson Robbins (husband Mike) of Denver, Lynn Tucker (husband Kenny) of Gunnison. She was preceded in death by her son Gregory Scott Allen of Gunnison.
Shaunalee adored her five grandsons; Josh Keehne of Denver, Kreston Keehne (wife Megan) of Columbus, Ga., Tyler Robbins (wife Katelyn) of Highlands Ranch, Shaun Robbins (wife Jane) of Dallas, Texas and Casey Tucker of Gunnison. She found great joy in her great grandson Conan James Keehne born Sept. 27, 2016. Two more great children are due April/May of 2018.
Shaunalee (McKinnon) was born in Montrose on March 6, 1939 to Waunita Faye and William Angus McKinnon. She lived in Montrose until she graduated from Montrose High School in 1957. She attended Western State College for her degrees (BA and MA in education). She lived briefly in Phoenix, Ariz., and then returned to Gunnison. In the early 1970s she began her teaching career with the Gunnison Valley School District. Shaunalee was a beloved first grade teacher for 22 years.
Some of her hobbies included hiking, fishing, biking, golf and traveling with her husband Tom. They visited Scotland, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and all over the United States. They cruised Baja, Calif., and the San Juan Islands in their own boat. Tom and Shaunalee also competed at the Tucson Senior Olympics where they both won gold medals in the 10K. Shaunalee’s favorite activity however was spending time with her family. She loved hosting the annual family Thanksgiving dinner with a house full of her children and grandchildren.
Shaunalee will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family would like to thank Hospice, Home Health, Gunnison Senior Care Center and the Prather’s friends for their wonderful love and support through Shaunalee’s journey. A celebration of life is being planned for June.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Gunnison Senior Care Center’s new facility or Gunnison Hospice.