Evelyn Mae King
READSBORO - Evelyn Mae King died Saturday, May 29, at her home.
Born in Peterborough, NH on November 13, 1929, she was the daughter of Leon and Marion (Irwin) Cook. Moving to Whitingham as a child, she attended school in Whitingham and was a graduate of Whitingham High School class of 1948. Following graduation, she worked in the Brattleboro area until her marriage to Donald King in 1951. Together they moved to the King family farm in Readsboro and raised their three children.
She was an active member of the community, the Couples Club, and served on the school board for several terms. She most enjoyed her time spent attending and supporting the First Baptist Church where she was a member for over 55 years. She taught Sunday school, was a member of the Friendly Mission Group, and worked on and served as chairperson for their annual harvest festival.
Her most successful accomplishment was the care of her family and home. She had extensive perennial, vegetable, and berry gardens; worked side by side with her husband creating a home where family events were celebrated; friends and neighbors were always welcome; and she honored Christmas with the greatest of passion.
She leaves her daughter Carol; son-in-law Allan (Skip) Reed, of Bennington; grandsons Brian (Rachel) Reed, of Orwell, and Adam Reed, of Bennington; great-grandson Callum Reed; much loved sister Margaret Kelley, of Gill, MA; and dozens of nieces and nephews she loved as her own.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald; sons Peter and Tom; brothers Fred (Lucy) Cook and Robert Cook; sisters Eleanor (Fred) Streeter, Ruth Crowley, Jean Covey, and Virginia (Roland) Morse.
Mrs. King asked those who wish to remember her do so with a kind deed or words to someone who needs them. Monetary memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Readsboro.
A service of remembrance will be held at the King Farm, 395 King Hill Road, on Friday, June 18, at 2 pm.
The family wants to thank Mrs. King’s friends, neighbors, and family for their loving support, kindness, and for filling her house with flowers, until Don reached out and reunited her with her boys.