OTTUMWA — Mary “Mimi” Elizabeth King, 74, died Nov. 29, 2013, at Clear Creek Care Center in Westminster, Colo.
She was born Oct. 10, 1939, in Ottumwa to William James and Irene Belle Umsted King.
Mary was a born leader. She was actively involved in the Masonic youth leadership program known as the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls where she worked her way up to Worthy Advisor. Mary was also nominated to represent her community at Girls’ State.
Upon graduation from Ottumwa High School in 1958, she worked briefly in medical records at Ottumwa Hospital before moving to Denver, Colo., in 1960. She hired on at Martin Marietta as a cost analyst during the company’s early years and stayed until she retired in the late 1990s. She was a fabulous worker and leader, lending her support to many crucial national defense programs. Her work on these programs supported our service men and women in harm’s way. There were many long hours working on proposals, but Mary was always the first to arrive and the last to leave, lending support to everyone on the team.
Mary’s passion for life was reflected in her hobbies and civic contributions outside of work as well. She was an avid Denver Broncos and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. She loved to play cards, gamble and spend time with family and friends. Mary loved to bowl and in 1983 was inducted into the Greater Denver USBC Women’s Hall of Fame. She made many lifelong friends in the bowling leagues. She was a very generous person giving to many charities including “The Special Olympics,” “The Denver Rescue Mission” and “The Olympics.”
Mary is survived by one brother, Monte (Linda) King of Ottumwa; one sister, Martha Dowling of Des Moines; three nieces, Teri and Nicole King of Ottumwa and Danielle Dowling of Ankeny; two nephews, Darin (Lora) Dowling of Des Moines and Bubba (Heather) Dowling of Lee Summit, Mo., as well as nine great-nieces and nephews.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Irene Belle and William “Bill” James King.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Robertson-Jay Funeral Home; Darin and Bubba Dowling officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.
Family will be present from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Memorials can be made to Heartland Humane Society or The Denver Rescue Mission, 3501 E. 46th Ave., Denver, Colo. 80216.