Wednesday, August 08, 2007

in memory of gramabea king...



BEA CHURCH KING Bea Church King, age 87, died at her home on August 2, 2007. She was born in Dalhart, Texas, the daughter of Magdalen Stone and Herman Church. She spent her high school years in Denton, Texas where she met her husband of 63 years, John Dudley King, her high school sweetheart. She graduated from Texas Women's College and lived in New York City for one year, working as a commercial artist. Bea and Dudley married in 1944 and lived for a short time in Galveston, Texas while Dudley was completing his medical school studies. The couple moved to Atlanta in 1948 and settled in the Buckhead area to raise their family. People often commented on the wonderful, devoted relationship she and Dudley had. They traveled the world together and thoroughly enjoyed their growing family and countless friends. They included their children and spouses on many enjoyable and memorable trips. Bea was quite a lady with a wonderful sense of humor, a great sense of style and a remarkable memory, able to recall details of events, friendships and trips from years past. Bea and Dudley spent their latter years on a beautiful farm 30 miles north of Atlanta in a home she designed, before moving back into town to be closer to their children as their health began to decline. Bea was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother to her five children: Dudley King, Jr., Christy Davidson, Thad King, Marsh King, and Rob King; 17 grandchildren: Dudley King, III, Lindsey Pitts, Michael King, Stephanie Lemke, Tait Davidson, King Davidson, Hunter King, Virginia McCune, Denton King, Chase King, Dalton King, Brice King, Blake King, Wilson King, Abbie Finlayson, Carter King, and Parker King; and 14 great-grandchildren. Bea will be greatly missed and is survived by her husband, five children, four daughters-in-law and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also appreciated and loved her wonderful caregivers, Beverly Danvers for the past 5 years, Corraine Bent for the past 3 years, Hellen Wandeto, Rena Blakeney and Sonia Williams.

1 comment:

Lynda said...

Tait, Pole sana kwa bibi yako. Mungu akubariki. Baba yangu alikufa miezi mnne iliyopita. It's hard, yes? You are doing an amazing job. I'd love to sit chini ya miti na ongea. I live in the village of Mlandizi, (65km w of Dar) and run a project for children. We have a home for the yatima and an outreach programme for the families who are living with the children of their ndugu. Karibu kwetu! Anytime. My father was my rock in Canada - the treasurer who wouldn't quit until the budget balanced to the tshilling. Funny how we got so close, after so long, living half way round the earth and two worlds apart. Anyway...unasemaje? Je, unaweza kuja kutembeya kwetu? vijalynda@gmail.com