January 19, 2018

Bessie E. King

Died June 11, 2017

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Bessie Elizabeth King passed away Sunday, June 11, in Fairview at Wellspring Lutheran nursing home.

She was born Bessie Elizabeth Galick in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 4, 1923. She moved to the Grand Blanc area where she completed high school. She worked for General Motors, in an office position, during World War II. Following the war, she married Marshall E. King in 1947, who preceded her in death in May 1968.

Bessie had two boys, Carey L. King and Darwin L. King. Carey preceded her in death in 2008. Surviving is Darwin, daughter-in-law Lois and grandson Edward, who reside in Allegany, N.Y. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Rose; and a brother, John.

Bessie always had a very strong Christian faith. She served as the church secretary for Trinity Lutheran Church in Davison for many years as her boys were growing up. Since the mid-1970s, Bessie and Carey lived on Crooked Lake until Carey’s death in 2008, when she moved to an independent living home at Wellspring Lutheran Services. Since moving to the Fairview area, Bessie and Carey attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mio. Bessie was a devout member who attended every Sunday that her health allowed. Her favorite recent memories were of attending St. John’s this past Easter season.

Bessie was involved in a number of activities while living in the Fairview area. She loved dancing of all types and belonged, for many years, to a local dance group. She also loved doing china painting and making crafts of all types. She loved birds, flowers and traveling to Sault Ste. Marie. For many years, her sons took her on visits to the Soo during the summer. She loved the Soo Locks boat trip and even playing penny slots at the local casino where she was delighted with a $5 jackpot. Bessie also enjoyed the local theater performances every summer at the Soo Theatre (especially the musicals).

The viewing and funeral service for Bessie will be at her beloved St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mio on Saturday, June 17, from 1-3 p.m. with the funeral and committal services following at 3 p.m. All those attending are invited to stay for a light meal prepared by the ladies of St. John’s church following the services.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mio.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.

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