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Catherine D. King


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Catherine D. King

AGE: 92 • Stockley

A life well lived, Catherine D. King died peacefully Friday, October 16, 2015 at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Delaware. She was born on October 18, 1922 in Stockley, DE, the daughter of the late John J. Davis and Ethel G. Davis of Millsboro, DE. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Edwin Reese King.

Catherine grew up on a farm in Stockley, DE in a loving and close knit family. She attended a small grade school in Stockley and graduated from Georgetown High School in 1940 with the notable achievement of 12 years of Perfect Attendance. At the end of her senior year in high school, she met the love of her life, Edwin Reese King of Georgetown. They married in 1942 just three weeks before Reese was deployed by the US army to serve our country on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. Upon his return the young couple both worked at her father's sawmill in Millsboro until 1949, when they built a successful farming operation in Laurel. In 1967, Reese became an agent for Federal Crop Insurance. Catherine began working as a dispatcher at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Georgetown and assisted Reese with the growing the crop insurance business. After the sudden and unexpected death of Reese in 1972, Catherine continued the crop insurance business while advancing from dispatcher to administrative secretary at the EOC, retiring in 1994 at the age of 72.

Although devastated by the loss of her husband, Catherine moved forward with a full and rewarding life of work, care giving, and social activities. She was active in church, Ladies Auxiliary, the Democrat Party, Rebekah Lodge and Delaware Farm Bureau. She worked tirelessly to improve crop insurance programs for farmers. She subscribed to several newspapers to keep abreast of national and local news. A strong advocate of the right to vote, she encouraged unregistered voters to "get registered." Catherine was always working on a jigsaw puzzle, enjoyed reading books and was an avid sports fan. She kept baseball and football schedules within reach so she wouldn't miss a televised game. She attended the 2011 Orioles Mother's Day game, and had a surprise personal visit from Rick Dempsey and Jim Palmer.

Catherine is survived by four daughters, Nancy King (husband Joseph Parker) of Lewes, Bonny King (husband Bert Crowder) of Georgetown, Donna King of Rehoboth, and Jackie King (husband Kevin Rogers) of Rehoboth. She also left behind two very special grandsons, Justin Pobst (wife Lina) of Rehoboth and Hugo Parker of Rehoboth and granddaughter, Shannon Lands (husband Chip and children Evan and Shelby) of Pensacola, FL. She is survived by a cousin, Barry Steele of Wilmington. In addition to a brother Richard who predeceased her in 1953, she has two sisters Louise Dorey (husband Edward Dorey) of Millsboro and Joan Justice of Dagsboro plus several nieces and nephews. Catherine was predeceased by two very special aunts, Mildred Steele of Georgetown and Marie Green of Georgetown. She leaves behind a life time of wonderful friends and acquaintances that helped fulfill her life to the end.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2015 in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market Street, Georgetown, DE with visitation Wednesday evening from 6-8pm and Thursday from 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Flowers are welcomed (she loved flowers). Donations can be made to the Catherine D. King and Edwin Reese King Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 for distribution to her favorite charities- Benevolent Fund at Methodist Manor House, Zoar Church, Delaware Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund and various youth related organizations in Sussex County.



Published in The News Journal on Oct. 19, 2015
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