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July 23, 1931 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old
Peggy King passed away on January 20, 2024 at the age of 92. She was a resident at the Palisades of Broadmoor Park in Colorado Springs.
Peggy was born on July 23, 1931, to Charles and Anna Mae Hicks in Lubbock, TX. She was an only child and attended public schools there graduating from high school in 1948. She attended Texas Tech University for one year. She worked as a long-distance telephone operator for Southwestern Bell for one year. She married Gerald G. King on May 31, 1950, in Oakland, MD. They moved together to Greenville, PA. She had three children: Pamela Straw (Joseph) of Wasilla, AK; Rick King (Judy) of Show Low, AZ; and Lori Samp (Michael) of Woodland Park, CO. She also had 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her son, Rick; and grandson, Matt.
Peggy lived most of her married life in Pennsylvania but also lived in New Mexico and Alaska. She and Jerry moved to Alaska in 1980 where they lived until he retired and they moved to Jamestown, PA near Pymatuning State Park in 1992. After Jerry passed, she moved back to Anchorage, AK in 1998 to be near Pam and Rick and their families. During her seven years there, she led a ministry team of women called “Angels for Preemies” from St. John United Methodist Church who sewed and knitted items for premature babies at the NICU at Providence Hospital.
She then moved to Washington, IL in 2007 to be near Lori and her family. While there, she was an active member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. She was a member of several ministry teams there including “Dorcus Group” that made quilts and hats for patients at the Illinois Cancer Institute where Peggy was treated for cancer. She was also a member of “Knit-one-Pray-two” who made prayer shawls for those who needed to feel the presence of God in their troubled times. For five years, she was co-leader of “Griefshare”, a study group designed to guide people through the loss of someone in their life. She was also a Bible study mentor, “Snack Grandma” for the pre-school, and served on the Board of Directors of the pre-school.
After Lori and her husband moved to Colorado, in 2015 Peggy moved back to Alaska this time settling in Wasilla, AK at the Primrose Retirement Community. She enjoyed the community living there in such beautiful and comfortable surroundings.
After four years there, she longed for more sunshine and moved one last time to Colorado Springs, CO to be near Lori and her family. She was a resident of The Palisades at Broadmoor Park where she enjoyed her new friends and apartment that looked out at Cheyenne Mountain. She could often be found sitting outside enjoying the many sunny, warm days in southern Colorado.
There will be a celebration of life service for Peggy at Woodland Park Community Church at 11:00am on February 17, 2024 with a reception to follow at the church. The service will be livestreamed as well. The livestream can be accessed from Woodland Park Community Church (wpcchurch.org)