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Bette King

Bette R. King died on Oct. 23, 2007, in Grass Valley. She was 81.

A visitation for family and friends will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Friday at the New Covenant Baptist Church in Grass Valley. A private burial will take place at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley.

Mrs. King was born July 18, 1926, to Raymond A. and Marguerite A. (Parker) Reed in Long Beach. She graduated from Polytechnical High School in Long Beach in 1944. She married N. Eugene King on Dec. 11, 1971, in Carson City, Nev.



She worked for the United States Forest Service and retired in 1994 after 31 years. Mrs. King was a member of the National Association for Retired Federal Employees; Business and Professional Women, for which she was a past president; the Nevada County Parkinson’s Support Group; and the National Civil War Association.

She enjoyed miniature dollhouses, knitting, crocheting, sewing, gardening and playing the organ.




Mrs. King is survived by her husband, N. Eugene King of Nevada City; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Al Heller of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; daughter, Peggy Olson of Springfield, Mo.; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Cindy Pekarek of Penn Valley; sister, Joanne Weiss of Palm Desert; grandchildren Annette Kelso and husband Kevin, Tiffany McGurkin, John Pekarek and Chris Olson, all of Grass Valley, Charity Heller, and Hope Neidefer and husband Neil, of Arizona; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by Arthur Pekarek Jr. of Grass Valley; brothers Richard Reed and Albert Pataching of Paramount; and great-grandaughter, Betty Jo Forkner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada County Parkinson’s Support Group, c/o Bank of America, 804 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Please indicate on the check that the donation is in memory of Bette King.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.


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