Mary Ella King Great Bend
Funeral service for Mary Ella King, 72, Great Bend, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2011, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Officiant will be The Reverend Dr. Scott V. Solether. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.
She died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home in Great Bend, Kansas.
She was born on June 27, 1938, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of Carol Elby & Ella Rose (Hartman) Miller.
She married William T. King June 28, 1959, at Lawrence, Kansas.
Mary was a 1959 graduate of the University of Kansas. She was a home economics and mathematics teacher at Argentine High School in the Kansas City, Kansas, school system. Mary was a Great Bend, Kansas, resident since July 1965, coming from Prairie Village, Kansas. She was a deposition proofer for Turner and Boisseau and an insurance clerk for her husband’s medical practice. Mary was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served as CE director, elder and deacon. In addition, she was a long-time member of P. E. O. Chapter FS, Pilot Club, FCE and League of Women Voters, holding various offices. She was a Girl Scout Troop leader and a Junior Golf coordinator. Mary was also active in school-related activities. She worked to implement a stoplight at Broadway and McKinley so the students at Eisenhower Elementary School could safely cross Broadway and she worked to get the school lunch program started in Great Bend schools. Later, she served fourteen years on the Unified School District 428 Board of Education. Mary was recipient of the Barton Community College Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
Survivors include her husband: William T. King, M.D., of the home; one son: Wm. Russell King, M.D., and wife Susan Clevenger of Overland Park, KS; three daughters: Carolee Hoffman and husband Scott of Basehor, KS, Pamela Marie Tracy and husband Kenny of Great Bend, KS, and Roberta Sue King, PhD, and husband Louis Soloff of Narragansett, RI; six grandchildren: Justin Tracy, Katlyn Tracy, Ryan King, Evan King, Robin King, and Curtis Soloff; and two great-grandchildren: Jack Tracy and Logan Tracy.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 17, 2011 at Bryant Funeral Home.
Memorial Fund: Barton Community College Foundation: Mary King Scholarship for the Arts, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530.