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Marguerite Kathryn "Kay" King, 75, died Jan. 21, 2002, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
She was born on Dec. 12, 1926, in Topeka, Kan. Her family moved to Oregon when she was 7. She lived there until 1967 when she, her husband Don and family moved to Alaska. From 1967 to 1974 she worked for the state and enjoyed the beauty of Juneau, including hiking the Chilkoot Trail. The family moved to Anchorage where she obtained her bachelor's degree from UAA, attended the Troopers' Academy and became a juvenile probation officer. In 1979 she and Don moved to Hawaii. In 1985, they opened a book shop in Kailua-Kona, which she co-managed until 1996. She "retired" again to her Volcano, Hawaii home and began tutoring students in reading. King moved to Wyoming in September 2000 and devoted the following year to genealogy and travel. In October 2001 she returned to Anchorage to face her final health challenge, enveloped in love and care from family, friends and health care providers.
Her family remembers her as an avid genealogist, voracious reader, world traveler and compassionate caretaker of relatives, friends and pets. She loved to share stories about her ancestors and would generously spend her time researching other's histories.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marguerite Hagen; father, Peter Hagen; husbands Burton Lorenzo McGuire, George Buck and Donald King; uncle Joseph Bower; and aunt Evelyn Kolkoski.
She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Grenier (David) and Margo Buck; son, Joseph Buck (Darla); stepchildren Barbara Smith, George Buck, Kathy Rama and Scott and Doug King; uncles Donald Bower (Marjorie) and Bill Bower (Stella); grandchildren, Rachel and Caitlin Grenier, Brenda Warnke, Hillary and Sam Buck, and Maile, Malia and Louie Carenio.
A celebration of life is planned for this summer.