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Sally King

PRINCETON —áSally Lu (Blackwell) King, 85, of Princeton passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at Aperion Care of Princeton.

Sally was born June 23, 1934, in Oakwood, Ill., to the late John and Jessie (Becker) Blackwell. She was a graduate of LaMoille Community High School, Class of 1952.

She married her love, the late Walter R. King on Aug. 3, 1952. Her services were officiated by her grandfather, the Rev. Wesley Blackwell, at the First Congregational Church of LaMoille. They soon after started their family.

She spent her entire married life on the family farm south of Van Orin. Working on the farm most of her life, she also worked at the former Pamida store in Princeton and in later years, Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and loved her time with her family. Her love for God was shown in all that she was involved with. Throughout her life she shared her gifts through Bible studies, Kids Klub, Home Extension, Craft Club, Good Sam’s Camping Club, TOPS, Sunday School, VBS, Special Olympics, TEC and Christian Women’s Club, just to name a few.

Sally was a long-standing member of the First Congregational Church of LaMoille. She was a very special person, always concerned for others. She loved having gatherings at her home, where all were welcome. She was known for her “goulash” and “sugar cookies.” She was a genuine caring person who believed in the power of prayer and devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her gentle spirit, quick wit and ability to have fun will be remembered by all.

She is survived by one son, Gerald R. (Jeannie) King of Princeton; one daughter, Barbara A. (Allen) Klein of LaMoille; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Tina) Klein of LaMoillle, Matthew Klein of Princeton, Jeralyn (Tim) Glass of Princeton, Jason (Melanie) Klein of LaMoille, Adam Klein of Princeton, Katrina (Mitch) McCoy of Princeton and Joanna Klein of LaMoille; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Bickett of Princeton; one brother, Dennis H. (Lois) Blackwell of Zephyrhills, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 61 years, Walter R. King, in January of 2014; one daughter, Kay Yvonne; one brother, Wesley L. Blackwell; and two nephews, Dennis E. C. King and Wayne King.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the First Congregational Church in LaMoille with the Rev. Karl Johnson officiating. Graveside services will follow at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Visitation for Sally will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for charitable distribution.

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