Sunday, February 22, 2009

Obituary: Mary Elaine King Pickering

The Daily Iowegian - 6 June 2007
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There will be a graveside memorial and commital service for Donna M. King (Mrs. Wilbur) and Mary E. Pickering (Mrs. Vernon) at 11 a.m. June 9 at the Jerome Cemetery.
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Mary Elaine King Pickering was the daughter 
of Wilbur V. and Donna M. King.
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The Arizona Republic (Phoenix AZ) - 5 November 2006
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  Mary Elaine Pickering passed away Saturday, October 28, 2006. Her kindness and generous spirit will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She was a devoted and loving wife to Vernon who preceded her in death along with daughter Martha. She was a dedicated mother of daughters Celia and Lee Ann (Rick), and treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren, Erin (Scott), Michael, Kiley, Bryan and Eric and her great-grandchildren Samantha and Hunter.
  She is survived by brother Jim (Kathy) and sisters Jeanne, Gerry (Don), Nancy, Julia (David) and Ann and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Mary worked at General Electric for 10 years and with the Phoenix Union High School District for 20 years. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge, going to the symphony and opera, having a monthly lunch with former Iowa residents, and was a faithful and active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, where she served in many areas for many years. She will be remembered for her strong Christian faith, her selfless generosity and constant willingness to help others. Mary's philosophy was that you will never be happy if you live for yourself alone. She lived that philosophy with a lifetime of serving others.
  A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3530 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018. Donations may be made to Aldersgate Church. Arrangements by Paradise Sunset Chapel Funeral Home.

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