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Lois Ellen King, age 77, passed into her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Lois was born on October 7, 1933, in her ancestral home on the Osage River in Tuscumbia, Missouri. Lois was the youngest child of Joe and Letha Stokes Edwards. She attended the Lurton Primary School and Tuscumbia High School where she graduated in 1950. She married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Dale King, on May 27, 1951, a union of 55 years. They lived the first 30 years of their marriage in Granite City, Illinois where they reared their three children, Peggy Ellen, Timothy Paul and Sally Beth. The next 25 years were spent very happily and contentedly working together on their cattle farm near Olean, Missouri. Lois was a dedicated wife and mother who enjoyed her role as a homemaker. She loved music, played the piano at home and church, and could always be caught humming. As an excellent cook and baker, she was always creating new recipes. She was an accomplished seamstress and also enjoyed making quilts, crocheting afghans and, at one time, took pleasure in creating hats. Most recently, Lois lived in Jefferson City at Heisinger and St. Joseph's Bluffs where she quietly passed away. Throughout all of her years her faith had been central to her life, and she was a member of Mt. Zion Christian Church in Tuscumbia, Missouri, then the Granite City Church and, finally the Olean Christian Church. Survivors of her immediate family are her children, Peggy Trachi and husband Fred Trachi of Portland, Oregon, Timothy King of Eldon, Missouri, Sally King of Jefferson City, Missouri, and a granddaughter, Carlene Theda of Seattle, Washington. Other survivors are her brothers, Earl Edwards and Gene Edwards; a sister, Ruth Abbott; sisters-in-law, Helen Edwards and Marian Hagen, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Letha (Stokes) Edwards; her husband, Glenn D. King; parents-in-law, Lafe C. and Clara (Pierce) King; brother-in-law, Willis Abbott; three sisters-in-law, Agnes Edwards, Shirley Ray Gabbard and Eleanor Parker; a nephew, David Earl Edwards and an infant granddaughter, Laura Young. A visitation will be held on Friday September 30, 2011, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. with a memorial celebration of life on 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 1, 2011, at Phillips Funeral Home in Eldon, Missouri. Immediately following the service, Lois will be laid to rest in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Tuscumbia, Missouri. Memorials are suggested to Show-Me Christian Youth Home in LaMonte, Missouri, Mt. Zion Christian Church in Tuscumbia, Missouri or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. Our family would like to express our gratitude for your thoughts and prayers at this time of our bittersweet sorrow and joy. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.phillipsfuneralhomeeldon.com
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