King, Leona Marjie (Wilber)
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71, passed away March 18th, 2013 from her short but courageous battle against cancer. She fought every challenge in life with strength and determination. The second child of fourteen to Lloyd and Elsie Wilber born June 18th, 1941, she was raised in Buffalo Montana. She was blessed with the influence of five older half brothers and sisters as well. She attended high school in Buffalo, Conrad and Helena Montana, College at Western Montana in Dillon and finished her degree at the University of Montana in Missoula. She moved to Arizona to marry James King in 1966, earning her Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University shortly after. Teaching in the Scottsdale school district from 1966-71, she gave up the classroom to devote her life to her three children. A teacher at heart she remained active in education through volunteering and ADK. Leona loved traveling, visiting with friends, her monthly bunko games, and most of all her family. She continued her dedication to family as an active care provider for her grandchildren, who affectionately called her Nani. Although she resided in Scottsdale, Montana was always her home and she returned each summer to enjoy its beauty and the blessings of family. She is survived by her three children Michael and Jessica King (Chandler, AZ), Steven and Angella King (Arvada, CO), and Kathleen and Jon Hamel (Cave Creek, AZ), seven grandchildren Kayla, Alex, Gavin, Lilly, Dylan, Reid, and Stella, sisters Eileen Lonnevik and Jean Waldron (Wickenburg, AZ), Jane Gregory (Forest Grove, MT), Violet McElvain (Hobson, MT), Margaret Larson (Bozeman, MT), Beverly Schwend (Forsyth, MT), and Charlene Jolliff (Poulsbo, WA); brothers Art Wilber (Sacramento), Everett, Cliff , Perry Wilber (Lewistown, MT), Herb Wilber (Stanford, MT), Bill Wilber (Hobson, MT), and Edwin Wilber (Buffalo, MT) and several nieces and nephews. Services and interment will be in Lewistown Montana on Monday March 25, 2013. A memorial service will be held in Scottsdale, Friday, March 29th at 1pm at Hansen Mortuary 6500 E. Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 24, 2013