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Margie Jeanne King

September 23, 1925 – December 30, 2021

Margie Jeanne King, age 96, passed away peacefully at her home in Flat on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in Gatesville. Burial followed at Flint Creek Cemetery.

Margie Jeanne was born in the Flat community of Coryell County on Sept. 23, 1925, to the late Noel Edwin and Nobie Fikes Clawson. She started her education at the Flint Creek School and later graduated as Valedictorian of Flat High School in 1942. Following graduation, she attended and graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1944. She later earned a Master of Science in Education degree from Baylor University in 1954. While an undergraduate in college, she met the love of her life, Marshall James King, who was stationed at San Marcos Army Airfield during World War II. They were married on July 21, 1945. Soon after, she followed her husband to Japan, as part of the post war Allied Occupation Force, where she taught kindergarten on a military base for two years.

Home economics education was her passion, and she served as a teacher in many school districts including Bay City, Waco La Vega, Oglesby, and finally in Gatesville. She was a teacher at Gatesville High School for 23 years until her retirement. Following the death of her mother and husband, she fully invested her time and efforts on her farm and ranch, which included commercial cattle, sheep and goats. She was well known to have an annual garden of fruits and vegetables and had a meticulous eye for lawn care.

Jeanne was a person of deep faith and a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Flat, where she served as church treasurer for close to 20 years. She also served as treasurer for the Flint Creek Cemetery Association and was a member of the Coryell Retired School Personnel. She loved following the news and current events, and loved to knit, sew and crochet for other people or just for fun. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Marshall; and in-laws, Bruce and Viola King of Obion County, TN.

She is survived by her adopted son, Juan Arellano and wife, Natalia; grandchildren, Anna Arellano Ibarra and husband, Juan, Adam Arellano; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jacob, and John Ibarra. In addition, she is survived by her sisters-in-law Ernestine King, and Ivon King, of Union City, TN, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family has designated that memorials be made to Flint Creek Cemetery Assn., c/o Yvonne Dutschmann, 1425 CR 354, Gatesville, TX 76528.