Barbara King

Barbara King

Sunday, September 27th, 1931 Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

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Obituary for Barbara Mae King

Barbara Mae (Slothower) King, 89, died on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at The Village at Luther Ridge. Born September 27, 1931, in Harrisburg, PA she was the only child to the late Donald Ernest and Mary Elizabeth (Kern) Slothower.

A graduate of William Penn High School, Harrisburg, PA in 1949 and Gettysburg College she earned her B.A. in 1953. She met her husband while singing in the Gettysburg College Choir. Together they raised three sons in Huntington, Long Island, NY. She held several offices in her local church, Huntington – Cold Spring Harbor UMC and with the Huntington Community Food Council. Retiring to Fayetteville, PA in 1988; Barbara became very involved at Calvary UMC holding several offices in both the church and the United Methodist Women. She also served with the York District and Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Women. A soprano, she enjoyed singing in the church choir and the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. She volunteered at Totem Pole Playhouse and she enjoyed attending the Institute for Retired Persons at Wilson College.

She is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Laurence Hershey King, whom she married on October 10, 1953; three sons, Randall Philip King, Steubenville, OH, Stephen Parker King (Lisa Maria Showalter King), Lovettesville, VA, Mark Hershey King (Tracey Ann Glavin King), Manassas, VA; five grandsons, S. Adam King (wife Kadie), David King (wife Lindsay), Cameron King, Joshua King (wife Jackie), and Evan King; and 4 great grandchildren, Jack, Parker, Aaron and Ella.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 2 PM at Calvary United Methodist Church 150 Norlo Drive, Fayetteville, PA 17222, where Pastor Suzanne Elliott and Rev. Clyde DeShong will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Graveside services will follow on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 11 AM in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to: Calvary UMC Mission Fund, 150 Norlo Dr., Fayetteville, PA 17222. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be offered on her Book of Memories page at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Calvary United Methodist Church
    150 Norlo Drive
    Fayetteville, PA
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    Sunday, October 11th, 2020
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Service

    Sunday, October 11th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Calvary United Methodist Church
    150 Norlo Drive
    Fayetteville, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, October 11th, 2020
  • Interment

    Parklawns Memorial Gardens
    Address not given

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Kimberly A Smith

Dear King Family ~
Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs as you remember Barbara. The Kings were great neighbors to my late mother, Jerry. From welcoming my mom and step dad to the neighborhood to checking in to make sure she was ok, after my step father passed, we couldn't of asked for better friends. My mom always enjoyed their talks about growing up in Harrisburg. Barbara and my mom shared plenty of fun stories and reminisced about the old times. We are so sorry for your loss. With heartfelt condolences, Brad and Kim Smith
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Karyn and Glenn Moore

As new neighbors next door, we were blessed with meeting Barbara and Larry as they sat on their back deck. They were welcoming and gracious. It was a pleasure to meet Barbara and talk a bit about her garden and butterflies. I am so sorry it was my only chance to know her. We send our deepest condolences to Larry and her whole family for her loss. She must have touched many in her life as she touched ours for but a moment in time. RIP
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Dianna Heim

There are so many memories of Larry and Barbara. Their kindness to our children, their fast friendship with the late Alfords, their sense of humor and above all, their caring for their community, church and neighborhood. We will miss Barbara. May God bless her family and we hope there are many good memories to revisit in the days ahead.
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