Edith's Story

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Edith Elizabeth Birky King, 87, passed into the arms of her loving creator in the early hours of Friday, April 28.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, John C King; five children, Arlan (Brenda) King of Phoenix, Arizona, Julie (Paul) Keim of Goshen (currently living in Germany), Emily (Adrian) Jantzi of Prescott Valley, Arizona, Susan King of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and John W. "Tony" (Marsha) King of Goshen; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two siblings, Marjorie Liechty and Eldon (Jan) Birky.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Delilah Stamm.
Edith was born Jan. 29, 1930, to Alvin and Lizzie (Heiser) Birky in Fisher, Illinois. She grew up on a small farm in rural Illinois and spoke often of her younger years in the country. It was during those years that she taught herself how to play the piano and enjoyed a lifetime of playing hymns and singing around the piano.
She entertained many Greencroft residents with her music. She also learned to paint with oils and acrylics and painted many garden rocks showcasing beautiful nature and spiritual messages.
Edith graduated from high school in 1948 and attended one year at Hesston College, where she met her future husband over pingpong. (She won!)
She married John C. King Aug. 15, 1952. They served together in the ministry for 50 years in various churches in Ohio, Indiana and Nebraska.
In later years she returned to school to study early childhood development. While living in Nappanee, she started and directed the preschool at North Main Street Mennonite Church.
After retiring, they moved to Goshen and eventually to Greencroft.
Friends may call Thursday, May 4, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Waterford Mennonite Church. A memorial service will take place Friday, May 5, at 10 a.m. also at the church.
Burial will follow the service at Violett Cemetery, Goshen. A fellowship meal will be served.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the International Student Fund at Goshen College.
Arrangements are with Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen. To share online condolences, visit www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 2, 2017
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