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Barbara Marguerite King


Durango resident Barbara Marguerite King died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at her home. She was 77.

Mrs. King was born to Louis A. and Marguerite M. Stengel on Jan. 30, 1936, in Boulder. She grew up on a farm established by her paternal grandparents.

A graduate of Mt. St. Gertrude Academy in Boulder, she married Roger Lawrence King on June 16, 1954, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in South Boulder.

After living in Nevada, California and Colorado, the Kings moved to Phoenix in 1967. Upon Dr. King’s retirement in 1998, the couple moved “home” to Colorado, settling in Durango.

In Durango, they enjoyed a large circle of friends in their church and neighborhood communities.

“Although she occasionally worked outside the home before and during her marriage, Barbara’s commitment to her occupations as wife, mother, daughter and grandmother was all pervasive in her daily life,” her family said. “She was a quietly strong woman who defined and cherished her role as ‘support team.’ All who knew her recognized her true position – the glue of the family.”

Mrs. King is survived by her husband of 58 years, Roger L. King of Durango; children Jackie Ellis of Durango, Mark King of Montrose, Mary Lucille of Chandler, Ariz., and Debie Neely of Coolidge, Ariz.; brother, Louis Richard “Dick” Stengel of Kremmling; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, who called her the “Ultimate Grandma” and “Cookie Fairy.”

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 East Second Ave. A family celebration of life and burial of ashes will take place at a later date in Boulder.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St. #270, Durango, CO 81301.

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