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Una I. King, 89

FEB. 9, 1923-MAY 23, 2012

May 23, 2012
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Una Imogene King, 89, died Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Broadmore Senior Living of Hagerstown where she had been a resident since April 2011.

Born Feb. 9, 1923, at Garfield, Md., she was the daughter of Claude Countee and Annie Hays Lewis.

Imogene was married on July 18, 1942 at Middlepoint, Md., to Kenneth King, who died Jan. 20, 1982.

Imogene was educated in Garfield, Md., at the Forrest School, which she and Kenneth later bought and converted into a home where they raised their three children.

She worked as a kitchen assistant at Wolfsville Elementary School from 1961 to 1968, and as cafeteria manager for Frederick County Public Schools’ outdoor program at Camp Greentop from 1968 to 1977.

She was also employed for many years during summer months by the Baltimore League for Crippled Children and Adults as dietitian for its summer camps in the Catoctin Mountains. Prior to her retirement, she served as the cafeteria manager for Wolfsville Elementary School from 1977 to 1986.

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Imogene was a life-long member of the Garfield United Methodist Church, a member of the Edwin C. Creager American Legion Auxiliary, the South Mountain Rod and Gun Club, and a life member of the Wolfsville Volunteer Fire Company.  She was the first woman to be accepted into the Wolfsville Ruritan Club, and was later found to be the first woman accepted into any Ruritan Club in Maryland and, reportedly, in the United States. She later became the first lady president of the Wolfsville Ruritan Club.

Imogene was dedicated to serving the community and helping people. She continued this practice even after being declared legally blind from macular degeneration in 1996. She enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states. For more than 35 years she organized bus trips for the Wolfsville Ruritan Club working closely with John Clark, travel agent and close friend. 

She is survived by two children, Annie Marie Kronk and husband Gene and John Wesley King and wife Tina; two grandsons, Neal Allan King and wife Staci and Todd Michael King and wife Stacy; daughter-in-law Phyllis L. King; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew Allan King, Grace Marie King and Ryan Michael King, all of the Wolfsville area.

Imogene was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Claude King, who died June 1, 2009. She was the last of her immediate family, predeceased by five brothers and five sisters, Edna Blanche Winfield, Bina Susan Harne, Kenneth Clyde Lewis, Mollie Margaret Harne, Emma Jane Cline, William Harvey Lewis, Jimmie Claude Lewis, Basil Aldine Lewis, Mark Allen Lewis, and Annabelle Lee Weagley.

The family will receive friends at The Davis Funeral Home on Sunday, May 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. The funeral home doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the convenience of the public. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at Garfield United Methodist Church, 13628 Stottlemyer Road, with Pastors Randall Reid and Jenn Kokoski of Garfield United Methodist Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Imogene’s name may be sent to Garfield United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 13628 Stottlemyer Road, Smithsburg, MD 21783

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