Mary Perle King, age 78 of Cherokee, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 at the Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen. Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Mary Perle King was born in Oto, Iowa to Ed and Lillian (Petersen) King on Sept. 11, 1932. The family moved shortly thereafter to a farm in the Quimby area where Mary Perle attended grade and high school graduating in 1950. She was active in 4-H, band, vocal, and drama.
When her parents moved to Minnesota, she decided to attend St. Cloud Teacher's College graduating in 1954. Her first teaching job was in Belgrade, Minn., then Marshall, Minn. before moving to California where she taught middle school and high school in Compton and Anaheim for 39 years retiring in 1993. During her early years in California, she earned her Masters Degree.
She was very active in Delta Kappa Gamma and sang in her church choir. Due to health problems she returned to Iowa in 2006 to be near family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Lillian King; two sisters, Sandra and Rita; sister-in-law, Elaine King; brothers-in-law, James Orrell and Gary Hempel.
She is survived by one brother, Ed King of Monticello, Minn.; sisters: Juanita Hempel of Cherokee, Karen Orrell of Riverside, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.