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Mary Lou King

May 1, 1923-March 29, 2008

Mary Lou King, 84, of Waubun, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center, Detroit Lakes.

Mary Lou Oskinowe was born to William and Louise (King) Oskinowe on May 1, 1923 in White Earth. She attended boarding schools in Red Lake and in White Earth. Mary Lou married Fred King on Jan. 27, 1945 in White Earth, where they made their home. The couple worked with seasonal traditional camps throughout Minnesota, harvesting wild rice, pulping, logging and collecting maple syrup. Mary Lou also worked for the Swift Turkey Plant in Detroit Lakes, Green Thumb and for IHS in housekeeping. Fred died in July 1977, and Mary Lou continued to make her home in the White Earth area.

Mary Lou was a pillar of the St. Columba Episcopal Church and was very active in church activities; including being a part of the church newspaper and member of the Bishop committee. She was awarded Elder of the Year honors in 2003 by the MIEA. Mary Lou enjoyed visiting with people and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary Lou is survived by five daughters, Emma Jean King of Ogema, Mary Jo King, Gloria Louise King, Elizabeth Marie King and Betty Ann King, all of White Earth; two sisters, Elizabeth Clark of White Earth and Gloria Goble of Waubun; six grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband; a son, Richard; two brothers; two sisters; and two grandsons.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2 at St. Columba Episcopal Church, White Earth, with interment following in the St. Columba Episcopal Cemetery, White Earth.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.