Helen A. King, 76, of Midland died Friday, April 15, 2005 at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center, Midland.
She was born Dec. 19, 1928 in New York City to the late George and Helen (Webb) Haumesser. She married Douglas J. King on May 5, 1951 in Angola, Ind. Following his death in 1983, Mrs. King spent her time in Florida and Michigan with her children until her health precluded her from traveling.
In her youth, Helen was active in softball and basketball. She passed these interests and skills on to her children as they grew up.
At age 38 Mrs. King went back to college and took courses in accounting and became an account clerk at a local radio station and the Midland Country Club. She retired in 1983. She was a co-founder of the Midland Chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and was active in the Westtown Little League Baseball, Cub Scouts, Midland Dolphin Swim Team, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the Salvation Army.
She is survived by her sons Douglas J. King, Jr. and life partner Robert Dybas of Chicago , Ill.; Brian W. (Bonnie) King of Garden City; David R. King and John M. King, both of Midland; daughter Suzanne (Chris) Minucci of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Brett, Brandon and Brad King; Angela, Christina and Dominic Minucci; and Juan, Pedro, Miguel, and Jose Guardian; and great-grandchildren Itza Citlali and Bianca Guadalupe Guardian. She also is survived by a special family friend, Nancy Hanson.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Nease Memorial Church of the Nazarene. Beth Hanson will facilitate the service. Burial will follow in the Midland Cemetery. Members of Mrs. King's family will receive friends at the church Thursday afternoon from 12:30 until the time of the funeral.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider her family in her name.
The Smith-Miner Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Published in Midland Daily News on Apr. 17, 2005.