Elsie Louise King, 98, of Star Tannery, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Winchester Medical Center.
Elsie was born March 16, 1913 in Fairfield, Iowa. She was the daughter of the late William and Louisa King Vogel. She was a graduate of the St. Joseph Nursing School in Ottuma, Iowa where she attended their reunions until 1998. She was employed as a Registered Nurse in several Washington, DC hospitals until her retirement at the age of 78.
Her husband, Paul H. King, predeceased her and together they were instrumental and involved in the forming of the Star Tannery Fire Department.
She is survived by two daughters, Pat King and Micki King, both of Star Tannery and a close niece, Arlene Orlando of Mt. Airy, MD and many nieces and nephews.
Elsie was a member of St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church and earlier attended Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Winchester. She was a member of the Ladies of Charity; the Legion of Mary; The Shenandoah Garden Club of Woodstock, where she served as Treasurer and Secretary, Life member of the National and VA Federation of Garden Clubs. She was also a member of the Over-50 Square Dancers, NARFE and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Star Tannery Volunteer Fire Department.
As a nurse, Elsie commuted to D.C. Metro area working at a nursing home until age 78. People felt closeness to her and were drawn to her. Her daughters said, “She was the best mother anyone could have”.
She was a friend to family, friends and neighbor.
The family received friends following the Rosary service held at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral Mass was held at St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, 11:00 am by Rev. Richard Ley. Burial followed at Gravel Springs Cemetery. A wonderful luncheon was provided by the Gravel Springs Lutheran Church Ladies Aide. The pallbearers were John Alcott, John Jackson, Jerry John, Kenneth Owens, Lee Santos and John Taylor.
Roman Catholic Church and the Star The family requests that memorial contributions, in her memory, be made to St. John Bosco Tannery Fire and Rescue Department.