King, Grace

Written by David Green.

Grace King, 97, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2013, at the Fulton Manor in Wauseon. She was born Aug. 6, 1915, in rural Pettisville, Ohio, the only daughter of Charles and Hannah (Freyenberger) Schmucker.  In 1938, she married Willard Wyse King.

Grace and Willard raised their family on a dairy farm north of Pettisville.  In 1980, they moved to a farm northwest of Wauseon, in Chesterfield Township.

Grace and Willard were members of the West Clinton Mennonite Church and in the 1940s helped establish Springfield Township Mennonite Church near Toledo, Ohio, serving there faithfully for 30 years. They later became members of Inlet Mennonite Church in Chesterfield Township. 

Grace will be remembered for her faith, courage, love and prayers for others. She cherished the time she could spend with her family, whether at ball games, vacations, graduations or weddings.

Grace continued to live on the farm after Willard died until July 2011, when she suffered a stroke which affected her speech and mobility. She moved to Fulton Manor in Wauseon. Although her mind was clear, it was difficult for her to communicate. She kept her sense of humor and a ready smile, a sign of the deep peace within her heart.

Grace is survived by three children, Charlene (and Will) VanPelt of Columbiana, Ohio, Judy (and Wendell) Selzer of Kansas City, Mo., and Dan (and Lynette) King of Minooka, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three children, Robert Eugene, Ruth Ann and David Lee; a grandson, Justin King; and four brothers, George, Harold, Earl and Carl Schmucker.

A celebration of Grace's life is planned at the West Clinton Mennonite Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, with Rick Jones officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci. Burial will take place at the Pettisville Cemetery prior to the service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Youth For Christ or the National Aphasia Association.

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