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Susie M. King

1944 - 2015 Obituary Condolences

Susie Mae (Stogden) King passed away peacefully at her home Friday November 27, 2015 after a long magnificent battle with AFIB, Parkinson and Lewy Body Dementia. Susie was born and raised in Alamogordo. She graduated from Alamogordo High School and attended New Mexico State University (Alamogordo).

In 1963 Susie went to work for McDonnell Aircraft Company at Holloman AFB where they were testing F4 Fighter Jets for the Air Force. She met her husband Gary in 1964, who was also working for McDonnell Aircraft at Holloman. She and Gary eloped and were married by the Justice of the Peace in Carrizozo on April 4, 1966. After traveling coast to coast (Patuxent River, Maryland Naval Air Base to Edwards Air Force Base in California) and living 7 years in Los Angeles (Anaheim), California (where her daughter and son were born). Susie and family returned to Alamogordo in 1976 to live permanently.

Susie worked in the Otero Assessor's Office for many years, she was Chief Deputy Assessor from 1986-1990 under Assessor Rosaleo (Leo) Barraza and was elected County Assessor in 1990 and reelected in 1992 serving from 1990-1994.
Susie always had a big warm smile for everyone and was always ready to help anyone she could. Susie loved her children Lori and Darren and her husband Gary more than life itself.

Susie was preceded in death by her daughter Lori (June 3, 2015); her mother Celia; father Robert Stogden (killed at Normandy in World War II when Susie was 6 months old); brother Robert (Bobby) Stogden; and sister in law Elouise Stogden.

She is survived by her husband of 49 and 1/2 years, Gary; son Darren and partner Adam; brother Ernest Stogden, Sr. and wife Judy; brother in law Dwayne King; sister in law Sadie Stogden (brother Bobby's wife); nieces and nephews: Ernest Stogden, Jr. (Kelly), Donald Stogden (Kerry), Karen Gutierez (Eric), Bobbie Grace (Richard), Anthony Stogden (Hope), Billy Stogden, Melissa Ariola (Larry), Alfonso Stogden (Lydia), Patrick King, Godson David King (Laura), Ryan King, Kevin King (Deidre), and Godson Santiago (Jr) Villabisencio.

Pallbearers include Ernest Stogden, Jr., Donald Stogden, Anthony Stogden, Billy Stogden, Alfonso Stogden and Santiago Villabisencio. Honorary Pallbearers are Ernest Stogden, Sr., Dwayne King, Patrick King, David King, Ryan King, Kevin King, RJ Baca, Rey Leon and Jim Villabisencio.

We will be celebrating Susie's life with a viewing on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at the Alamogordo Funeral Home on First Street in Alamogordo.
Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church (1212 Washington Avenue, Alamogordo) on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10 a.m., followed by internment at Monte Vista Cemetery and a reception at Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Susie was a very special and caring wife, mother sister, cousin, aunt and friend. We will all miss her beautiful smile, big brown eyes, infectious laugh, mischievous sense of humor and her love and affection for all of us. She will always be in our hearts and memory, and we know God has her safely wrapped in his love and peace forever.

The family would like to send a special Thank You to Ambercare Hospice, and Alamogordo Hospice and Addus Homecare.

The King family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home, to direct the services.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 2, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016
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