Myra Jean King

Posted 2/3/20

Myra Jean King, 91, of Paris, passed away at 3:46 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Horizon Health Hospital. She retired in 1994 after 16 years as an administrative assistant to the President and …

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Myra Jean King

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Myra Jean King, 91, of Paris, passed away at 3:46 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Horizon Health Hospital. She retired in 1994 after 16 years as an administrative assistant to the President and the Board of Trustees of Rend Lake College.  

A funeral service is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Newell Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon. Burial follows at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Woodlawn. Visitation is from 4 until 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home.  An additional visitation is 11 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the funeral home in Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. King was born Dec. 27, 1928, in Mt. Vernon, the first child of the late Ralph Dean and Iona “Brownie” Brown McPherson. She married Wayne Alva Estes on Jan. 21, 1949, at West Salem Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon. He passed away Aug. 8, 1991.

They were the parents of two daughters, DeAnn (Dale) Cash of Paris and Jana Ellen Rister of McLeansboro, and two sons, Richard (Marianne Schienle) Estes of Springfield and Alan (Janet) Estes of Mt. Vernon: all survive her; she is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kathryn (Kevin) Forth, Thomas (Meggan) Cash, Jennifer Rister, Michael (Sylena) Cash, Seth (Tracy Cook) Estes, Jerrod Rister, Dr. Caleb (Dr. Robyn) Estes and Emily Estes; her great-grandchildren, Brenden and Allison Cash, Tyler, Haylee, and Henry Rister, Kendall and Kale Forth, Christian Poore-Rister, Logan Estes, Brooks Estes and Cora Cash; two sisters, Brownie Macko of Jacksonville and Martha (Harry) Sims of Elkhart, Ind.; one brother, Russell (Brenda) McPherson of Opdyke; and several nieces and nephews.

She later married David Harvey King of Sidney Sept. 21, 1996, at Countryside United Methodist Church, Urbana.  He passed away July 8, 2018 at home in Sidney.  

She is also survived by his three sons, Charles King of Berwyn, Harold (Karen Giannini) King of Naperville, and Ronald (Marty) King of Seymour, Ind.; his four grandchildren, David and Brian King, Kaydie (Marc) Balcitis, and Patrick (Courtney) King; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Ralph McPherson; and daughters-in-law, Jo and Karen King.

Mrs. King was a graduate of Mt. Vernon Township High School and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree. She worked as a typist, bookkeeper, customer representative and executive secretary throughout the years at Magnolia Petroleum Company, Jefferson County Farm Bureau, Davidson Chevrolet, Nelson Concrete Culvert Company and GMAC. 

She was a 4-H leader, Homemakers Association member, Business & Professional Women’s Club board member and treasurer and C.E. Brehn Memorial Library Board member. She was an active member of Countryside United Methodist Church and a past member of Logan Street Baptist Church.  She was a dairy farmer’s wife in Dodds Township and early in her second marriage she assisted her husband in the operation of a small commercial apple orchard near Sidney.

Memorial donations may be made to Countryside United Methodist Church.

Online condolences at www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.