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Louise M. King, 78, of Port Angeles passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law after courageously battling terminal brain cancer.
She was born in Alva, Oklahoma, to Melvin and Martha Perks on April 29, 1935. She was one of eight children.
Formerly of St. Joseph, Missouri, she lived most of her life in the state of Missouri.
After her husband of 44 years, Freemon B. King Jr., passed away, she moved to Port Angeles in 2010 to be closer to her daughter and family.
Louise worked hard most of her life as a seamstress. She owned and operated Midway Upholstery at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. She loved the fact that she could turn an old, broken-down piece of furniture into a beautiful show piece. She retired around 1984, but she still loved to sew and quilt.
She loved to go fishing for crappie — well, any kind of fish, really, but crappie was her favorite to eat.
She was known in the family for making the best homemade egg noodles. They were a staple for most holiday functions.
One of her favorite pastimes was garage sales — not just going to them, but also helping others have them and holding them herself.
She and her husband, Freemon, loved to travel to Texas as snowbirds in the winters. Her favorite place to visit was Mexico. She loved the atmosphere in Mexico and all the little brown-eyed children. Plus, I think she felt tall there.
Louise is survived by her only child, Debbie Stoltenberg, and her husband, Stuart, both of Port Angeles; her only grandchild, Jessica Berry, and her husband, Jeff, both of Port Angeles; and her great-grandchildren, Cooper and Clara, both of whom she loved with all her heart.
Her only surviving sibling is her baby brother, John Perks, and wife Charlene of Elwood, Kansas.
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Mary Ann (Fred) Carlson of Kansas City, Missouri, and Hazel Bailey of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; brother-in-law Russell (June) King of Pleasant Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Three of her special nieces are Beverly Patterson, Mary Louise Adams and Teresa Perks Plymell, all of whom she adored.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Martha; her first husband, Joseph A. Parker of Abilene, Texas; her husband, Freemon B. King Jr., who passed away in 2005; two sisters, Leona M. Perks and Beulah M. Perks (Searle) and her husband, Darrell, of Stewartsville, Missouri; and brothers Theodore (Opal) Perks of Alva, Virgil Perks of Cameron, Missouri, Norman (Ruby) Perks of Alva and Clifford (Alice) Perks of Gower, Missouri. She is also preceded in death by her sister-in law Vivian (Earl) Duncan of Stewartsville.
A visitation will be held Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Her funeral will take place at 2 p.m., with a graveside service following at Mount Moriah Terrace Park, 801 Northwest 108th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org) or Parkinson's Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) in your city.
Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home
801 Northwest 108th Street
Kansas City, MO 64155
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 1, 2013