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School nurse from Scottdale served country during WWII

Patrick Varine
| Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:09 p.m.

If there is one word to describe Vivian King's relationship with her hometown of Scottdale, it's “lifelong.”

King was a lifelong resident, living in Scottdale's Kingview neighborhood, and a lifelong member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church on Mulberry Street.

Vivian J. King, 89, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at her home.

She was born June 10, 1926, a daughter of the late William W. and Sarah Emma Gongaware Parker.

“I've known her my whole life,” said Mrs. King's stepgranddaughter, Amy Allegra of Scottdale. “She would hang out at my great-grandmother's house in Kingview, and she was a friend of my grandmother's.”

She was a 1944 graduate of Scottdale High School, and at the end of World War II, she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps.

“That helped to pay for her schooling,” Allegra said. “She went to Seton Hill and did her internship at Westmoreland Hospital.”

Mrs. King graduated from the Westmoreland School of Nursing in 1947 and worked as a registered nurse on private duty, in private medical offices and at Frick Hospital, before joining the Connellsville School District as its school nurse, where she retired in 1986.

Mrs. King was a member of the Everson Senior Citizens group and the Kingview Ladies Club. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and crafts.

She liked to watch her favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. She wasn't a fan of soap operas, though, Allegra said.

“She would always take a nap during ‘The Young & the Restless,' ” she said. “It was even better than a sleeping pill, I guess.”

Mrs. King loved crossword puzzles.

“I would buy her a crossword almanac every year,” Allegra said.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jesse B. King Jr.

Mrs. King is survived by her stepchildren, J. Bruce King and his wife, Susan, of Scottdale, and J. Elaine King of Connellsville; her stepgrandchildren, David King and his wife, Peggie, Amy Allegra and her husband, Joseph, all of Scottdale, and Jenny Hackett and her husband, Jon, of Hartsville, S.C.; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and four nephews, Robert G., Donald, Ronald and Richard Benson.

Family and friends will be received 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home chapel, 105 Spring St. in Scottdale. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. in the chapel.

Interment will follow at Green Ridge Memorial Park in Bullskin, with full military honors by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard.

Patrick Varine is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached at 724-850-2862 or pvarine@tribweb.com.

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