Lois M. King
Oct 18, 1928 – Nov 13, 2015
LOIS M. KING
Lois was born on Oct 18, 1928 in Lowry, South Dakota, the second of four children to Harry and Odelia Sweeney. She spent her early school years in Wyeville Village WI, and her high school years in Chicago IL. Lois married her first husband Robert Johnson in 1947 and had two children, Jan (1949), and Ray (1952). This marriage ended in divorce, and in 1957 she boarded a Greyhound bus and, as a single parent, moved her small family of three from Chicago IL to Yakima WA to be near some of her family. This was followed a couple years later with another move to the Seattle area. In 1960 she met and married her second husband Howard King, who adopted Jan and Ray as his own, and they welcomed a new baby girl, Gini, in 1962. The family thrived happily in the Burien area for many years. In their retirement years Howard and Lois sold their home in Burien and moved to Arizona, first to Casa Grande, and eventually to Mesa. They loved the Southwest and spent many years exploring their new surroundings and welcomed family and friends for visits to their lovely home. In Oct 2012 they relocated back to Washington State, in Olympia, to be nearer to their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. On Nov 9, 2015 Lois experienced a bad fall and passed away from injury on Nov 13th. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Howard in January 2015, and son Ray in March 2014. She was buried at Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Park in SeaTac WA on Nov 24th, 2015. Her survivors include two daughters, Jan King (Kerwin Nicholson), Gini Britton (Dale); four grandchildren, Teri Hagstrom (Matt), Nic Britton (Heather), Nakia Bucher, Kayla Rae King; and four great-granddaughters Allyson Britton, Peyton Britton, Everlea Hagstrom, and Harper Hagstrom (expected in March 2016). Many of Lois’s family traditions will likely live on, especially around the holidays, and she will be remembered and missed by her family forever.
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