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Bette Lou King Obituary
Bette Lou King Bette Lou King (fondly known as B-Lou) died peacefully in her Greenbrae home on February 13, 2014 surrounded by love. A whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm, B-Lou successfully juggled a large family and full time work. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, educated at Stephens College, Wesleyan Illinois University and Millikin University, she moved to the Los Angeles area in the late 40s. She met her late husband Stuart King while she was working as a stewardess for United Airlines. After their marriage, they moved to Long Beach where she assisted Stu as owner and manager of six swim schools. With five young children at home, she returned to school to become a registered nurse and spent 27 years as a school nurse with Cypress School District in Orange County. As her children grew, she saw to it they all graduated from college, married, and provided grandchildren. She actively supported her beloved Stephens College and was the treasurer for the alumni group in S. California and later helped start the N. California chapter. After retirement in 1995, she and Stu moved to Marin to be near their children. She loved playing bridge, poker and other card games, especially teaching her grandchildren these games. She cherished all her friends from Stephens College, Clipped Wings, several bridge clubs and her book group. She is survived by daughter Kathy King (Jerry Cahill), grandchildren Maia, Carolyn (Mike Laufer), Kenny; daughter Christine King (Mark Neenan), grandchildren Jack, Claire; son Ed King (Leslie Sakai), grandchild Zak; son William King (Zola Neally), grandchildren Heidi, Heather, Devin, Haley, Aly, Blake; son Ken King (Cathy Chute), grandchildren Abby, Becky; sister Helen Geneva Harbison, spouse William ("Paddy") Harbison. Bette left a legacy of nephews, nieces, cousins, and a large community of dear friends in Illinois, northern and southern California. A special thank you to her long term caregiver, Rudy Viernes, and Hospice by the Bay. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Stephens College, 1200 E. Broadway, Columbia, Mo. 65212. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday March 15 at 2:00 PM at Mill Valley Golf Course Club House, 267 Buena Vista Avenue.
Published in Marin Independent Journal from Feb. 21 to Mar. 9, 2014
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