Rae Evelyn King, age 74, a resident of Vienna and a former resident of Cypress, passed away Monday morning, September 26, 2016, at 9:12 AM at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky.
Evelyn was born May 11, 1942 in the Renshaw Community in Pope County Illinois. She was the daughter of Festus E. and Mildred J. (Kelly) Martin.
On April 6, 1958, Evelyn was united in marriage to Dean King at the Dixon Springs Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on May 23, 2006.
Survivors include: her children – Rick (his wife, Mary) King of Vienna and Kelly (her husband, Shaun) Aden of Dongola; 7 grandchildren – Dustin, Dereck, Kara, Kyle, Hillary, Kory and Adam; 9 great grandchildren – Ethan, Zoey, Lukas, Abigail, Lila, Kenley Rae, Hayden, Eli and Jonas; a sister – Bettie Davis of Vienna; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and many dear friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by a son – Kevin King and a brother – John Martin.
Evelyn had been employed for many years as a convenience store manager throughout Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois. She had previously been employed as a dietary supervisor at the Massac Memorial Hospital in Metropolis for 2 years.
Evelyn was an excellent cook. She had operated an in-home candy making business and, along with her sister Bettie, formed “Sisters Sweets” a custom baking business. Evelyn had also cooked at her daughter ‘s restaurant, Kelly’s Kountry Kitchen.
Following the tragic death of her son Kevin, Evelyn felt a calling into a ministry of assisting others who had experienced loss. She was employed for the past several years as the aftercare services coordinator at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna until declining health prevented her from working. Evelyn has touched the lives of many through the years with her encouraging spirit, a kind word and a hug.
Evelyn was a faithful member of the Vienna First Baptist Church. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s Baseball fan and always considered herself to be Elvis Presley’s # 1 fan.
Evelyn was devoted to her family and cherished every moment spent with them.
A service honoring the life of Rae Evelyn King will be conducted Thursday morning, September 29, 2016, at 10 AM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. Brother Matt Snell and Dr. Ed Hollis will officiate. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery near Dongola.
Visitation will be held from 5 PM – 8 PM Wednesday as well as prior to the service Thursday at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.
Memorials may be made to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, Illinois 62995 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1905.
To share a memory of Evelyn or to leave an online message of condolence for her family, please visit www.baileyfh.com
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.