Longtime Sterling resident Margot Elisabethe King died peacefully Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a 14 year fight with breast cancer. She was 67.
No services are planned.
Mrs. King was born May 12, 1941, in Charlottenberg, Germany, to Lina and Eugene Steinborn. While in Germany, she was trained in camera sales and studied French and English. She immigrated to America in 1962, and traveled to Anchorage where she worked at Stewart's camera store. Later she moved to Fairbanks where she attended the University of Alaska and met her husband of 41 years George King.
In 1966, the couple returned to Anchorage and got their teaching degrees. They headed to Adak Island for their first teaching position. After a year at Adak Island, they taught in the village of Rampart for four years and then returned to Anchorage, where Margot earned her masters degree in special education. She spent the rest of her teaching career in different Anchorage schools until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, after which she left teaching in 1966 and moved to her home on the Kenai River.
"While living on the Kenai River, Margot endured numerous bouts of chemotherapy, radiation and operations, but never let the cancer beat her love for life," her family said. "She grew beautiful lilies and roses and would feed wild birds out of her hand. In addition, she learned to make quilts and spent countless enjoyable hours reading European history. In the last years, she even loved to chase the lucky 7's at the Silver Legacy in Reno. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her."
Mrs. King was preceded to death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, George King of Sterling.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the oncology fund of Central Peninsula Hospital, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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