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Mable Lenore King, daughter of Frank and Mable (Severens) Zollman, was born May 7, 1919 at New Virginia, Iowa. Lenore’s family lived in Blockton, Iowa during her early childhood and after spending a few years in Henry, Nebraska the family returned to Blockton where she graduated from Blockton high school in 1937.

Lenore was united in marriage to Everett D. King on August 25, 1938 in Maryville, Missouri and remained a devoted wife for nearly 75 years. They made their home in Blockton where they lovingly raised three daughters. Lenore worked in the lunchroom at the Blockton elementary school and will be remembered as a wonderful cook both in the lunchroom and at home. Lenore was a member of the Blockton Christian Church.

Lenore was raised a farm girl and a love for the outdoors was consistent throughout her life. She was an accomplished gardener whose yard in Blockton was filled with flowers, trees and vegetables of all varieties. Vacations were routinely planned to enjoy the outdoors and centered around lakes, mountains or oceans. Lenore and Everett loved to go on fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota. Lenore learned to water ski when she was in her 50s. The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri became a place of fun and family reunions for them where waterskiing was a regular activity. Over the years she and Everett enjoyed winter trips to Arizona, Texas, Florida and California that included hikes in the mountains or ample time for walks on the beach.

Lenore was an accomplished artist. Landscapes of Iowa and places visited on her travels were a favorite subject. Many of her paintings, some in the form of murals and signs, are still visible in the Blockton community.

Lenore and Everett moved to Dallas Center, Iowa to be near family in 2008 but remained devoted to the Blockton community. Lenore passed away peacefully at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center on January 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Mildred Howell, Clifford Zollman, Bert Zollman, Ora Bell and Bill Zollman.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Everett of Dallas Center, Iowa; daughters, Linda (Harry) Heiden of Punta Gorda, Florida, Lynette (Stan) Amrine of Dallas Center, Iowa and LaVonne Nelson of West Des Moines, Iowa; grandchildren, Sherry (John) Jacobs of Earlham, Iowa, Sandy (Mark) Perez of Fort Meyers, Florida, Rachel Amrine of Des Moines, Iowa, Robin (Jake) Ludington of Santa Cruz, California and Jennifer (Patrick Luber) Nelson of Grand Forks, North Dakota; great-grandchildren, Cody Hills, Dalton Hills, Wyatt Hawbaker and Geneva Ludington; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Zollman of Perry, Iowa, and other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established to the Blockton Community Betterment and the Blockton Ambulance.

Services will be held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Scott Marcum officiating. Musicians are Jodi Lawrence and Marvel Melvin.

  Casket bearers will include John Jacobs, Patrick Luber, Bobbie Heimberg, David Loutzenhiser, Jerry King and Richard Brown.

Honorary pallbearers are David Bell, Wayne Kemery and Delbert Molt.

Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton. 

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