Mary Lou Eakin King, age 91, of Fredonia, PA passed away on April 23, 2021 due to complications of cancer. She was born to Herbert C. and Gladys C. Eakin October 3, 1929. Mary Lou graduated valedictorian from Shenango High School in New Castle, PA in 1947 and from Jamison School of Nursing in 1950.
She met Leland C. King while he was a patient at Jamison and married him on August 17, 1951. An only child, Mary Lou married into the King family with ten brothers and sisters. She and Leland bought and worked Woodcrest Farms, Fredoia, PA. Mary Lou was a operating room nurse at Greenville Hospital for thirty years. After graduating with her B.S. from Saint Joseph’s College of Standish, Maine, she taught at the Mercer County Career Center. Mary Lou was also a school nurse for the Reynolds School District.
The family attended Fredonia Presbyterian Church. Mary Lou served the Lord with passion and joy all of her life. She was active in the choir, taught Sunday school, served as a deacon and was active in the Presbyterian Women Association. Mary Lou also served on the Board of Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care for 25 years, the final five as president of the Board.
After her husband established the Leland C. King Insurance Agency in Mercer, PA, they began to travel, creating wonderful memories, especially in their trips across the United States. They were also very active supporting their grandchildren in their various sports endeavors. Mary Lou was an avid quilter, gardener, and was famous for her home cooked meals! She carried enormous compassion, wisdom and courage. Mary Lou was a lover of
animals, especially dogs.
Survivors are son Herbert E. King, and wife Beverly of Fredonia, PA, daughter Ruth E. King of Philadelphia, PA: grandchildren Valerie Flickinger, and husband Jon of Hermitage, Jessica King of Buford, GA, Ian King, and wife Jessica of Marietta, GA, Monica Emery, and husband Cole of Hermitage, and Travis King, and wife Valerie of Fredonia: great grandchildren Connor Flickinger, Alex Flickinger, Patrick Davis King, Owen King: and multiple nieces and nephews.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Gladys Eakin, husband Leland C. King and son Earl D. King.
Family and friends may call at the Robert L. Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 169 Second Street, Fredonia on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 5:00-8:00. The funeral service will be on Tuesday (05/04/2021) at 11:00 am at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church, Water Street, Fredonia and will be live streamed through www.snyderfh.com under Mary Lou’s obituary . Mary Lou will be laid to rest at the Millbank Cemetery.
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