Mary K. (Burke) King, 90, of Marshfield, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. Her husband James F. King died in 1982. She leaves six children, Deborah M. Polson and her husband David of Lincoln, Calif., Denise A. Sullivan and her husband William of Marshfield, Geoffrey C. King of Worcester, Timothy J. King and his wife Michele of Worcester, Edmund B. King and his wife Kathleen of Boylston, and Donna M. Harvey and her husband Timothy of Rutland; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a brother James M. Burke of Boylston and Marshfield; a sister Claire L. Renasco of Little Compton, R.I.; and many nieces and nephews. Her daughter Deirdre King, and sons Robert Perry and James F. King Jr., died before her. She was also predeceased by her sister Anne B. OLeary, and brothers William H., Edmund, Lee, Robert B., and Dr. Philip B. Burke. Mary was born in Worcester, daughter of Atty. William H. and Clara M. (Moore) Burke. She lived most of her life in Worcester until moving to her summer home in Marshfield in 1976. Mary was an accomplished speed skater and won New England and National Speed Skating championships. She was a member of St. Ann's by the Sea Parish in Marshfield. She was a former member of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Worcester, where she chaired the Bishops Fund for many years, headed the Womens Sodality, taught religious education and served on the C.Y.C. board. She was a former president of the Columbus Park School Mothers Club and the Thorndyke Road P.T.A., both in Worcester. She founded the library at Thorndyke Road School, which was later named for her. She was also a board member of the Friends of the Worcester Public Library and president of the Fieldston Improvement Assn. There will be a calling hour Thursday, Jan. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at noon in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 25 Fales St., Worcester. Burial will be in St. Johns Cemetery, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Jan. 17, 2012