With His indescribable love, God welcomed Eleanor Pim King into her eternal home Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
She was born Dec. 5, 1923, to Florence and Lee Pennock at their farm in the valley of Zanesfield, where she and her sister, Mary, spent a childhood filled with family love and learned an appreciation for the beauty of nature and animals.
She graduated from high school in Zanesfield and attended Muskingham College, where she earned her teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in Belle Center, Middleburg and West Liberty-Salem Schools.
She was an active member of the Methodist Women, the Fortnightly Club, Farmers’ Institute and Grange. The joy of music became a part of her life at an early age. She shared that gift in her church choir, at weddings, and as a part of a quartet which included some of her best friends. The Christmas season was one of her favorites and her singing “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and “O, Holy Night” was part of many a service as was her narration of “The Littlest Angel.”
First and foremost, she was a devoted farm wife of more than 60 years to her husband, Ned L. King, whom she married July 15, 1945; and a dedicated mother to her three daughters, Nancy (Nick) McGuire, Jane (Bob) Vest and Becky (Mike) Nessler. Her family was her focus and she could never do enough for them. Their safety and care were always on her mind, even to the end of her days on this earth.
In addition to her husband and daughters, she is survived by grandchildren, Anicia (Rob) Smith, Michael (Tonya) McGuire, Peter (Melinda) McGuire, Nichole (John) Spencer, Christy (Josh) Asterino, Thomas (Kylie) McGuire, Mamie McGuire, Molly McGuire, Jennie (Joshua) Sizemore, Addie (Kedrick) Fitzgerald, Logan (Karen) Nessler and Sarah Nessler; 19 great-grandchildren; two nieces; two nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother, Elwood Pennock.
A time for greeting and sharing with the family, at her church home, the West Liberty United Methodist Church, is from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, with a celebration of life service at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the West Liberty United Methodist Church, 202 W. Newell St., West Liberty 43357.
Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, West Liberty, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.
My sheep I know, they are my own, I lead them not through trials alone. I will be with them to the end. Their hope, their joy, their dearest friend. — Anonymous.