Family and Community mourns loss of mother and child

The family and community mourns the loss of McKala Miner, 29, and her five-year old daughter, Halli Rae, who died following a head-on crash with a drunken driver Friday, October 24, 2014, near Stillwater.

Of all of McKala’s accomplishments in school, being a cheerleader and competition squad member was a highlight.  She was reliving that fun with her daughter, coaching the pee wee cheerleaders.  Mother and daughter were having a blast together.  McKala was a licensed Cosmetologist and Certified Nurse Assistant.  She enjoyed being around people. Anyone that knew McKala and her creativity realized she had found her true love in being able to use her many talents in the love of flowers.

Her daughter brought joy and love to everyone she touched.  The highlight of her week was attending Stillwater Bible Church.  Halli Rae loved singing, dancing, gymnastics and cheering with mom.  She was such an outstanding, vibrant girl who was never afraid to express her attitude with gusto, in her hot pink heels…….daughter like mother.

These two beautiful young girls will never be forgotten…forever loved and missed by their mom, dad, nana, papa and family.



It’s been a year and a half since a drunk driver caused a fatal crash near Stillwater that claimed the lives of 29-year-old McKala Miner and her five-year-old daughter, Halli Rae. Now McKala’s parents are memorializing the young family by commissioning a crystal cross for the pair’s final resting place;   the cross is in the final stages of construction by Tulsa Stained Glass Company.   McKala’s mother Tonda Miner explains: “Halli Rae was fascinated by crystals, and I also wanted a cross to represent my daughter and her commitment to her faith. This work combines both.”

According to Tulsa Stained Glass owner Richard Bohm, “our challenge was to design and build a frame that would withstand both time and weather in an outdoor setting, while still being  a delicate celebration of the cherished lives of both mother and daughter.” The solution became building the cross out of copper tubing and surrounding each crystal with copper foil and wire reinforcement.  Many of the crystals are stationary, but some will move freely with the wind.  Along with Richard, Tulsan Nick Bernard—age 95— assisted in the design and creation of the impressive 19″ x 33″ cross.

A Visual Timeline of the Memorial Cross Project