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Mary (Wrenn) King

July 23, 1926 November 11, 2018
Mary (Wrenn) King
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Obituary for Mary (Wrenn) King

Mary (Wrenn) King 92, died on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at the Gettysburg Hospital. She was surrounded by many of her family and will be missed by all whose lives she has touched.
Mary was born July 23, 1926 in Washington, DC. She was the daughter of the late Francis Dennis Wrenn and Mary Esther Proctor. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Howell T. King, Jr. who died in 2015, one sister Ann Shirley Page and an infant brother. She is survived by three daughters, Patricia (Edward) Koenig, Gettysburg, PA, Diane (Tom) Guinther, Barefoot Bay, FL and Joan Keller, College Park, MD. Five grandchildren: Catherine (John) Hunt, Gettysburg, PA, Joseph (Lynn) Guinther, Saftey Harbor, FL, Keith (Julie) Koenig, Frederick, MD, Jeffrey (Erin) Koenig, Gettysburg, PA, and Nicole Keller, Gettysburg, PA. Fourteen great-grandchildren – Sarah, Emily, Molly, Abby Hunt, Jacob and Avery Koenig, Brady, Lane, and Riggins Koenig, Joseph, Aaron, Troy, Benjamin and Lauren Guinther.
Eight great-great-grandchildren – Juliana, LJ, Carlos, Jakai, Akhilleus, Rylee, Phoenix and Kimora.
To her husband, she was his soul mate. They were best friends and they shared a love and faith envied by many, which was honest and enduring. To her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, she was a shining example of how to live a good, decent and honest life, a standard to which we aspire.
She was born and grew up in Washington, DC. She attended McFarland Jr. High and McKinley Tech High School. She worked her summers at the Intelligence Bureau and the IRS. In 1943 she met her future husband Howell (Porky) while mailing herself a letter near his house, ensuring herself an introduction. When she graduated, she was given a full scholarship to Strayer College, but left after one year to marry Howell who was in the Navy and stationed in Pensacola,Fl. They were married on August 1, 1945 and returned soon after the war ended to work at his father’s business The King Company. They purchased their first home in (Lewisdale) Hyattsville, MD in 1951 and lived there until retiring and moving permanently to Lake Heritage, Gettysburg, PA in 1985. She began working at C&P Telephone Company in 1954, where she rose through the ranks and became one of the first women to reach executive level in the company and retired in 1985 as the Director of Administrative Services and Executive Support.
She was in many activities and organizations: PCCW, The Harvest Club, Red Hats, and a Red Cross volunteer at the hospital for over twenty years. She was an avid bridge player and square danced for many years. She loved gardening and spending time with her multi-generational family. She never said “no” when being asked to give of her time for community and church activities. Mary was a beautiful gift to all of us and the wonderful memories will last forever. Her grandchildren will grow up having known and loved someone very special.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 45 West High St. Gettysburg, PA with Fr. Daniel Mitzel, Celebrant. Interment following the Mass will be in the St. Francis Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg and on Friday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church.
The family suggests memorials in lieu of flowers to: American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043 or Hershey Medical Center, C/O Penn State Cancer Institute, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Online tributes and condolences can be made at monahanfuneralhome.com.

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Visitation

Thursday

15

Nov

2:00 PM 11/15/2018 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 11/15/2018 5:00:00 PM
Monahan Funeral Home

125 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Monahan Funeral Home
125 Carlisle Street Gettysburg 17325 PA
United States

Visitation

Friday

16

Nov

10:00 AM 11/16/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

25 West High Street
Gettyburg, PA 17325

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
25 West High Street Gettyburg 17325 PA
United States

Service

Friday

16

Nov

11:00 AM 11/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

25 West High Street
Gettyburg, PA 17325

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
25 West High Street Gettyburg 17325 PA
United States

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Location

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery Final Resting Place

West High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

West High Street Gettysburg 17325 PA
United States
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