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Jeanne Myers King

Jeanne Myers King

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Jeanne Myers King, age 101, a resident of Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg, MD, died on October 28, 2020. She is survived by her daughters Ermyn King of Gaithersburg, MD and Cheryl King of Falls Church, VA, son Douglas King and wife Margaret of Puyallup, WA, and grandsons Jamin King of Seattle, WA, Wesley King of Tacoma, WA, and Andrew King of Puyallup, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer T. King, parents Bruce I. Myers and Ermyn France Myers, and siblings James Myers and Doris Myers Roberts. Born October 17, 1919 in Philadelphia, PA, she attended public schools and graduated from West Philadelphia High School and Drexel University. She taught high school in Myerstown, PA, Vineland, NJ, and Philipsburg, PA prior to her 1953 marriage to Homer T. King in Philadelphia. The births and raising of their children with extraordinary devotion and creativity, and work-related moves to Kansas City, MO, Prairie Village, KS, Ellicott City, MD, and Mt. Lebanon, PA, filled their 17 years of married life with joy and opportunities to cherish assets of and people in each setting before Homer’s death in 1970 after open heart surgery. Drawing upon the faith in Christ that sustained her during each season of life, Jeanne moved with their then teenage children to State College, PA in 1971 and secured work at Penn State––initially in the College of Agricultural Sciences, followed by years in the Dept. of Architecture––to help finance PSU degrees for her family. During her 37 years (1971-2008) in State College until moving to Asbury Methodist Village, she was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she was active in Sunday School, a circle, and women’s fellowship. She also volunteered at Park Forest Day Nursery and Centre Community Hospital (now Mount Nittany Medical Center). For close to a century, Jeanne’s life was immeasurably enriched by the multigenerational family tradition (which she continued with her children) of spending summertime at Chautauqua Institution, NY, where she also graduated from the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle in 2011. Asbury Methodist Village produced a video about Jeanne’s persistence in regularly exercising at its fitness center, despite mobility disabilities, as a centenarian. With gratitude for her example of abiding faith and love, resilience and perseverance, willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others, and generosity in sharing her many gifts, “her children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28). A service honoring Jeanne and burial beside her husband will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at 1:00pm at Philipsburg Cemetery in Philipsburg, PA, with Rev. Becky McGee of St. Paul's United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St., Philipsburg, PA 16866. Online condolences may be extended at www.dahlgren-spewock.com
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    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, October 31st, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Philipsburg Cemetery
    Address
    Rt. 350 S
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
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Rebecca Trunzo

Posted at 04:38pm
Ermyn, Cheryl, and Doug - It has been a long time since I have seen any of you but I wanted to say I am so sorry about the passing of your mom. I remember her from when Ermyn and I were back in high school and from the neighborhood. Recognized her picture immediately. Wanted to send my thoughts and prayers - -- no matter how old we are our parent (s) are the only ones who knew us from start to present... and saw us change and grow. So glad your mom could know you all as adults! She lived a long life in faith and met the challenges along the way. Just wanted to check in and remember you all as well.
Love, Becky Harper Trunzo
 
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Ermyn King Posted at 10:44am

Dear Becky, Your thoughtful checking in with kind words of remembrance of our mother, and prayers at this time so close to her passing, are much appreciated. It's good to reconnect. I hope that you and your family are well and thriving. As you understand so keenly, it was a gift to have our mother with us, and therefore able to know us, for so much of our lives into adulthood. Those of us who have lost a parent when we're young have all the more reason not to take this gift for granted. Thank you for remarking about how Mom met the associated life challenges on behalf of her children. I've been working to develop an initiative to empower young people who've lost parents in creative survivorship beyond initial stages of grief. Perhaps I'll have a chance to talk with you about this sometime. Meanwhile, all the best...love, Ermyn
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Charles & Marie DeMarco

Posted at 03:10pm
Mrs King and her daughters are what makes the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua an inspiring and beautiful place .With our prayers and sympathy, Blessings Charles and Marie DeMarco
 
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Ermyn King Posted at 09:47am

Dear Charles and Marie, How much it means to us to read your caring, uplifting words at this time! We feel the same way about how your presence graces the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua. We look forward to seeing you again there when reopening is possible. (Mom will be with us in spirit!) Meanwhile, stay safe and well. Blessings, Ermyn (on behalf of the King family)
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Nancy Wood

Posted at 01:06pm
Dear Ermyn, Cheryl, and Doug,
My sister Mary reads the Centre Daily Times from her home in North Carolina and sent me the notice about your mother passing away. It brought back memories of State College and your home past the swimming pool and Catholic church when I became friends with Ermyn our last year of high school. I remember being a bit in awe of your mom who could pick up and start a new life supporting you three kids in a new town- a true act of bravery. It must have been amazing to celebrate her 100th birthday! I'm glad you had so many years with her. My own mother is still alive, age 94, living more or less independently in a seniors complex in Binghampton, NY near my sister Elizabeth. My father died 10 years ago.
Ermyn, I'm sorry I have lost contact with you and I'm not sure my email contact for you is up to date. I'll write more on that, but if you don't get it, my address is ehnancywood@hotmail.com.
Love, Nancy Sprague Wood, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
 
EK

Ermyn King Posted at 09:42am

Dear Nancy, Thank you for reaching out with caring and words honoring our Mom, as well as an update, at this time...wonderful to reconnect! Yes, our celebration of Mom's 100th birthday was a joyous occasion, and I'm so glad to hear that your mother is well and close to Elizabeth. My email address is efk103@gmail.com. Now that I have yours, too, I look forward to corresponding. Love, Ermyn
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