April 14, 1920 – Dec. 8, 2014
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Lauretta Ella King died on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 after a brief illness. She was 94. Lauretta was born April 14, 1920 on a homestead 23 miles north of Wibaux, Mont. Her parents were Hazel Page Johnson and J. Forest Johnson. When Lauretta was a young girl, the family moved to the Shields River Valley north of Livingston, Mont., where she grew up.
She left home to attend Mount Ellis Academy near Bozeman, graduating from high school there in 1938. Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7, 1941) found her in the mountains cutting a Christmas tree with a suitor, Frank King. During the war years Lauretta attended Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash. When Frank King returned home at war's end, they married on her 26th birthday, April 14, 1946.
Frank and Lauretta spent their lives together and raised four sons in Bozeman. Lauretta worked as an accountant for the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for more than 30 years. Her four sons were born in Bozeman; Ray in 1948, Alan in 1950, Art in 1956 and Larry in 1958.
During 30 years of retirement in Bozeman, Lauretta hosted many family reunions, and many grandchildren spent summers eating at her kitchen table. She had the opportunity to travel, visiting her children in Norway, Guam, Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, Lauretta and Frank moved to Walla Walla to be near children and grandchildren.
Lauretta is survived by Frank King, her husband of 68 years, by her four sons, their wives, 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Lauretta's very wide circle of dear friends testifies to her lifelong love and care for everyone within her circle of influence.
A memorial service will be held in Walla Walla, Wash. on Dec. 20, 2014.
A second memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2015 in the Chapel at Mount Ellis Academy, 3641 Bozeman Trail Road, Bozeman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Ellis Academy Worthy Student Fund, 3641 Bozeman Trail Road, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Though it is hard for us to say goodbye, her husband and descendants feel proud to have been part of this wonderful woman's life.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 18, 2014