Louise E. “Peggy” (Perkins) King

Louise E. “Peggy” (Perkins) King, 97, of Marion died June 8, 2013 at her home on Converse Road.

She was the wife of the late Dr. Robert G. King and mother of five children.

She was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, on October 15, 1915, daughter of the late Maxwell and Louise (Saunders) Perkins, and grew up in Plainfield, New York City and New Canaan, Conn. until her marriage in 1939. Mrs. King was the last surviving child of the famous book editor.

Dr. and Mrs. King lived in Alliance, Ohio until he retired and they moved to Marion in the late 1970s.

Mrs. King is survived by five children: Ruth Porter and her husband Bill of Adamant, Vt., Jenny Philips and her husband Frank of Concord, Mass. Maxwell King and his wife Peggy of Nantucket and Morrisville, Vt., Perry King and his companion Suzy Frenchman of Los Angeles, and Polly King and her husband John Paul of Nyack, N. Y. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. King had a lifelong interest in politics and was active throughout the 1970s in civil rights campaigns and anti-Vietnam protests.

There will be a gathering at her house, 266 Converse Road, in Marion where anyone who cared about her can come to talk and remember who she was. We will let people know the date as soon as we can. A private service for the family will be held later in the summer in Vermont. In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to the SPCA, or the Humane Society, or to Hospice Services in Wareham.

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