Shirley May King, 88, of Fuquay Varina, NC passed away on May 1, comfortably and peacefully at home.
Shirley was born May 24, 1931, the daughter of Maywood Teressa (Root) and Noel Joseph Lanoue in South Burlington, VT, both who predeceased her. She lived the majority of her life in Burlington, Winooski and Milton, Vermont; until she moved to Wake County in North Carolina with her family 10 years ago. Living with her daughter Beverly and son-in-law Dean Dubuque, gave her such contentment. She loved to be outside and enjoy the warm Carolina blue sky and would always be bosting, “look at my tan”! She always looked forward to her trips to the beach and going out to dinner afterwards, and her Friday pizza nights. But nothing made her happier than to be with her family and friends. Everyone she met; she became “gram” to. She had a heart of gold and everyone who met her, loved her. “She’s so cute” was how everyone would describe her. She loved to constantly be busy, taking trips anywhere anyone would take her, having her nightly ice cream, playing Bingo and the last few years doing adult coloring books and giving them away to admirers. She enjoyed the daily company of the family fur babies Gilbert, Jake and Miyu.
She married the love of her life Arthur L. King in March of 1960 in Burlington, VT., who predeceased her in 1978.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Lanoue) and her predeceased husband Robert Kinney of Keene, NH; Heidi Roberts and her husband Clive of St. Albans, England; Beverly (King, Rice) Dubuque and her husband Dean whom she lived with; step-son Arnold King and his wife Deanne of Winooski, VT; and predeceased by her step-daughter Elaine (King) and her husband Elmer Moulton of NY. She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren who were the sunshine of her life, Danielle (Rice) and her husband Michael Dick of Raleigh, NC; Brittaney Rice and her fiancé Jason McLaughlin of Carlsbad, CA; Edward White of England; Caroline (White) and her husband Duncan Gossling of England; step-grandchildren Steven Moulton and his wife Penny of Leicester VT; Cherie (King) Cyr and her husband of Burlington VT and Michael Moulton (predeceased). She also leaves her great-grand children Elizabeth and George White of England, Logan & Riley Gossling of England and a future grandson Michael Jazen Dick due in September; step-great-grandchildren Lori, Stevie and Michael Moulton.
Shirley was one of 13 children. She leaves behind brother Reginald Lanoue of FL; sisters Alma Domingue of FL and Barbara Andre of Las Vegas, NV. Predeceased were brothers John (Sony); Kenneth; Roland; Henry Lanoue and unnamed baby boy Lanoue, sisters Geraldine Cushing, Peggy Adamski, Joyce Preston, and Helen; special nieces and nephews Kimberly King; Charles & Amanda Preston; David & Sherry Preston; Natalie Augostino, Foster Domingue; David Andre; Sheila Kingsbury and many other nieces and nephews.
Since moving to North Carolina, Shirley loved going to church with her friends and enjoyed all her friends at bible study group and church walking group. She was always so appreciative of her special friend Debbie Korr who kept her involved in FVUMC activities.
While living most of her life in VT, Shirley was a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary for many years, a member of the Sara Holbrook Mothers Club and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Organization for Women. She retired from the State of Vermont Employment Agency after 20+ years as well as several bakery and deli positions over the years. Upon retirement, she then cared for her grandchildren Danielle and Brittaney while they were growing up and after school. She was always that mom that volunteered or got volunteered for school functions and loved being with the kids and bringing “treats” with her on all the school trips. She helped her husband for many years run Art’s Texaco Stations in Colchester and Burlington, VT.
The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for all their love and support in such a short period of time.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date at the Fuquay Varina Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fuquay Varina Methodist Church Children’s Program in memoriam of Shirley King at: fvumc.org/give.
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