Mount Vernon News
  • Ruth E. King

  • February 15, 2011

MOUNT VERNON — Ruth Evelyn King, 87, of Mount Vernon, passed away Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Mount Liberty to the late Earl and Clara (Kinnard) Bishop. Ruth was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Columbus and the Upper Arlington Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Clement E. King; her children, Sue Anne Toms (Pon Chotigeat) of Thibodaux, La., and Bangkok, Thailand, Lauren F. King (Kathie) of Centerville, Leslie Ann King Burton (Ron) of Phoenix, Ariz., Sara Lynn King Kerr of Mount Vernon, Kim Lee Toms of Columbus and Donald Lee King of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Alison Vosick Wilbur (Cameron) of Atlanta, Ga., Virginia Lee Kerr Crawford (Jason) of Howard, Garth Robert Kerr of Columbus; and a great-grandson, Carson Wilbur of Atlanta, Ga.

Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, Ray Edward Toms; and two sisters, Doris McGugin and Dorothy Bonsell.

During the years since she remarried and moved from Upper Arlington in 1972, Ruth has resided in Mount Vernon and she and her husband spent part of each year in retirement in Tucson, Ariz. She has traveled extensively to over 40 countries on five continents, always with family and friends. Most recently, in 2008, she was accompanied by her two children and son-in-law on an around-the-world trip that included riding the Trans-Siberian train from Moscow across Russia, through Mongolia, and to Beijing (pictured above at the Great Wall).

There will be no calling hours. A graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. in Owl Creek Cemetery in Ankenytown. The Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is handling the arrangements for the Ruth Evelyn King family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To express a condolence or share a memory with the King family, please visit

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