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Patricia Ann King, 68, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Alamogordo. She was born Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas to Blake W. and Irene C. (Chojnacki) Lambert.
Pat was an only child and when her father returned from Europe after serving as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II, the family subsequently moved to assignments in Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Holloman Air Force Base and finally to San Antonio, Texas, where her father retired as a full Colonel in 1968.
She graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1962 and attended New Mexico State University in Las Cruces before moving to San Antonio and working as a bilingual translator for an attorney/importer-exporter until 1964.
Pat continued in this position until she accepted a marriage proposal and left to marry USAF 2nd Lt. Dan King, whom she had dated while both were students at NMSU. He had received his USAF commission in 1963 and was in the final months of his Air Force pilot training. They were married on Aug. 29, 1964, and she joined him at Craig AFB, Ala. They subsequently had assignments to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and RAF Lakenheath, England. The couple's first son Dan P. (Dan'o) was born at RAF Lakenheath in 1966. She returned to Tularosa with Dan'o for the year her husband spent flying fighters in Vietnam. After Dan left the Air Force, a second son, Scott, was born in Alamogordo in 1970. The family subsequently lived in Tularosa, Cuba, N.M., High Rolls and finally settled in Alamogordo.
Although primarily a homemaker, Pat occasionally worked in retail and real estate sales in addition to being the office manager of the firm she and her husband owned and operated for several years. Her husband also served on the city commission from 1988-1995 and as mayor of Alamogordo for six of those years.
Pat loved animals and was a very fun-loving, caring wife and mother. She could brighten a room with her smile and infectious laugh, but did not tolerate incompetence or dishonesty. She was simply an irreplaceable gem in a sea of sand.
She is survived by her husband, Dan King, of the family home; son Dan'o King, of Alamogordo; another son and daughter-in-law, Scott J. and Holly King of Morrisville, Vt.; her mother Irene of Antonio, Texas; aunt Helen and husband, Jim King, of San Antonio, aunt Wilma and husband, Ned Winters, of Upper Sanudusky, Ohio; uncle Emmett and wife, Ella May Lambert, and uncle Kenneth and wife, Margret, all of Mount Vernon, Ohio; aunt Keitha and husband, Larry, of Hendersonville, N.C.; cousins Col. (retired) Edward Chelkowski and his wife, Marsha, of Boerne, Texas; Debbie Stasinopoulous and husband, Peter, of Beaumont, Texas, Dr. John Chelkowski ,of Austin, Texas; and Mike Chelkowski, of San Antonio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Blake Lambert, and several aunts and uncles.
Family and friends will hold a celebration of life Dec. 2 at the family home.
The King family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 28 to Dec. 4, 2012
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