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Marguerita Mary Rappel "Rita" King

Marguerita Mary "Rita" Rappel King, 96, of Houston, Texas, and previously of New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and Montreal, Canada, passed away on July 6, 2013 in Houston after a short illness. Mrs. King, a retired social worker, was born in Montreal, Canada on November 1, 1916, and graduated from high school and St. George's University (Concordia) there. On June 11, 1941, she married Donald A. C. King, an electrical engineer. In 1963, the family moved to the Washington D.C. area in connection with Mr. King's employment with the World Bank. Mrs. King obtained a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland in the 1970s, and embarked on a career in adoption placements with the Barker Foundation and World Child, both in the Washington, D.C. area, retiring in 1995. She and her husband were frequent international travelers, and enthusiasts of the symphony, ballet and opera. After Mr. King's death on February 25, 1995, Mrs. King moved to New Orleans to be near her youngest daughter and family. She was an active volunteer with the Red Cross and as a reading tutor in public schools, and also a member of various social and civic organizations. She is survived by five children, Donna M. Langevin and Gregory P. King (Thea Herman) of Toronto, Canada, Gary C. King of Montreal, Canada, Brian R. King (Priscilla Lord) of Madison, Wisconsin, and Liane King Hinrichs (Fred T. Hinrichs) of Houston, fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A private service will be celebrated at the Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal, Canada, and interment at the Rappel family plot there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .

Published in TheAdvocate.com from July 23 to July 24, 2013
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