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Betty Lou Monday King

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Vivian, LA - A memorial service to honor the life of Betty Lou Monday King will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 2:00 PM at the Oil City United Pentecostal Church. Officiating at the memorial service will be Rev. Kent Rhoads of the Oil City United Pentecostal Church. Also assisting with the service will be Chaplain Dave McKinney. They provided loving support to our mother and her family during her time of illness. Interment will be held at the Vivian Cemetery, Vivian, LA. Visitation will be on Friday, March 8, from 6-8 PM at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Vivian, Louisiana. Our mother began her life's journey on September 17, 1922 in the home built by her parents, John and Edna Hamilton Monday, in the countryside of Vivian. She entered into rest on March 6, 2013 in this same home where she found much love and joy. Our mother was a long time member of the Vivian United Methodist Church. She was member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Vivian Alumni Group, and other community clubs during her lifetime.

Betty Lou, as she was fondly called by family members and friends, enjoyed life with all its many ups and downs. Always young at heart, she never met a stranger or missed an opportunity to help someone. She attended Vivian High School where she proudly served in the band and drama club. She also attended Normal College (Northwestern University) where her goal was to become a teacher. This dream was set aside as she returned home to work in the local businesses of her hometown. She was the bookkeeper for Cooper Lumber Yard for many years and the bookkeeper at Dixie Drug Store in Vivian. She enjoyed helping to train others in bookkeeping. During this time, she also helped with the care of her mother. Loving the outdoors and the family farm, she helped her father with his many gardens and livestock.

On a double date, she met the man who was to become her husband, James Berry King. Jamie told his friend at the end of the date "I'm going to marry that girl". He, too, had a quick wit and a love for a good joke. They were quite a pair. They owned M & K Grocery in Vivian for a few years. Due to illness, early in their marriage, Mother was always close to take care of our dad. Born to their union were "their girls", Renea and Debi. Losing her husband after 15 years of marriage, she made many sacrifices to ensure her girls had a wonderful life. While always enjoying a good laugh and a time of fun with family and friends, she was a living example of one who worked hard and put others first. She was there to provide love and care for her mother, father, brother, and her precious sister, May, at their journey's end.

A new and an exciting chapter opened later in her life when she became an instructor at Frost Industries (C-BARC) offering love, guidance, and assistance for her special friends and clients. Shortly afterwards, she was asked to open a branch of Frost Industries in Vivian. As manager, she provided the clients with tools to develop independence, self-respect, and a joy for living. Mrs. King loved her clients and gave of herself one hundred percent to make life better for each of them. She, along with special friends, Susan Watson and Waylon and Genevieve Carlisle, took the clients on many exciting trips which they all looked forward to each year. Her clients and friends brought her immense happiness. With a business head but with a heart of love, she guided the program to success until they closed the branch with her retirement in 2001. She looked forward to her "little luncheons" with her special retirement buddies later in life.

Mother's greatest love was her family. Her patience and nurturing spirit were an inspiration to all of us. Not only was she the best mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother anyone could ever ask for, she was also our best friend.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and siblings, May Monday, George Monday, Charlie Monday, and Lynn Monday. She is survived by her daughter, Renea King Tolbert and husband, Billy Tolbert, who was like a son, from Vivian, LA. She is also survived by her daughter, Debi King Daigle, from Lake Charles, LA, who was by her side throughout her illness. She is also survived by loving grandchildren, Marcus Rawls, Jamie Tolbert, Emily Tolbert Parker, Greg Tolbert and Jessica Daigle Guillory. Her precious great-grandchildren were Micah Rawls, Layne Rawls, Noah Rawls, and Alexya Rawls, Gunner Guillory, Roman Tolbert, Abagail Tolbert, Chase Tolbert and Luke Parker. Special nieces and nephews were John Monday, Edna Clark, Charles Monday, Dorothy Shockley and very special great niece, Kelley Monday. Throughout her life and even into her illness she was there to cheer us on, always believing in us. Her love for her family was obvious, as she seemed to light up when she spent time with family.

The family would like to thank her dear friends and care givers, Mae Harger, Margaret Hughey, Billie Jean Floyd, Theresa Gaye, and LaBarbara Thomas for their loving care of our mother.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Marcus, Jamie, Greg, Preston, and Mackey, as well as, great nephew, John Hardy Monday. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be her old friends and clients from C-BARC. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.

The quote by Mother Theresa, "In this life we can not do great things; we can only do small things with great love," seems to exemplify the life of our mother.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Mar. 9 to Mar. 15, 2013
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