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Donna Loraine (Watley) King

November 1, 1945 ~ May 9, 2019 (age 73)
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Donna King was born on November 1, 1945, in Spur, Texas. She passed away on May 9, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, at age 73.

Donna, known to her grandchildren as Nana, had a kind heart and warm spirit. She was a loving wife for 55 years and a wonderful mother to her children.

She always greeted you with a smile, no matter how she might have been feeling. Loving and outgoing, she could make conversation with anybody about anything; she loved connecting with people and making new friends whether she met them in an elevator, a doctor’s office, or in line at a cash register.     

She was always ready to help someone in need - from helping a baby woodpecker that had fallen out of its nest to paying a stranger’s fuel charge when their credit card didn’t work.

On an outing to celebrate her birthday with her daughter, Norma was pulled over for speeding. As the cop was writing the citation, she said, “But it’s Sunday.” Then she and Norma chuckled, knowing that the speed limit is the same on all days, including Sundays, but the officer took a liking to her and let them go with a warning. 

She was always ready to share recipes with everyone, she would give her granddaughter Britney cooking magazines and describe each step of the recipe to her eldest son David over the phone, in precise detail.

Once, when it was hailing, she had to move her car under a shelter. Her sons, David and Bobby, put pots on their heads so they wouldn’t get hit with hail and ran out to help her. She thought that was the funniest thing and laughed so hard.

Donna had a sweet voice; she sang to the kids when they were little.   

She loved collecting recipes and watching cooking shows; her favorite show was The Chew. She would copy down recipes by hand to share with her family members and friends. Whenever lacking an ingredient, she would always ad lib another in its place. She loved her family so much. She always kept photos of her husband, children, and grandchildren in her purse to show off to people, even to strangers.

Those left to cherish fond memories include her husband of 55 years, Marron Kent King; son, David King and his wife, Laura; son, Bobby King and his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Norma Said, and her husband, Alex; several grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

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