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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Martha Jane King, 83, Camden, Bolivar Native

Martha Jane King
Camden — Martha Jane King, 83, died Jan. 20, 2013 at the Knox Center in Rockland.

Jane was born in Wellsville, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1929, the only child of Neva E. (Wyant) and John W. Sawyer.

She grew up in Bolivar, N.Y., attended local schools, and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a young woman she lived in Washington D.C., West Covina, Calif., and Berea, Ohio. In Berea, she worked at Baldwin Wallace College. Jane, her husband, William J. Bromley, and their three children moved to Camden in 1967. William passed away in August 1969. Jane married Dr. Merrill J. King Jr. in October 1970. The blended Bromley–King families resided in West Rockport.

Jane served on the board of trustees of the Pen Bay Medical Center for several years; from 1983–1985, she was chairman of the board. She was active in the PenBay Auxiliary, and in 1976 chaired the auxiliary’s annual Christmas Fair. Jane was a member of the Camden Garden Club, and served as president. She was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden, involved in many capacities, particularly the vestry, serving in both the junior and senior warden positions. Her family kidded her that her “job” was volunteering at St. Thomas’.

Jane was an accomplished cook in the French gourmet tradition of Julia Childs. Meals were a joy — savory food, served with stimulating conversation and humor — and the holidays were heavenly. Jane kept beautiful gardens. She loved daylilies and her butterfly bush. She delighted in excursions to Phillip White’s daylily farm in Monroe. She faithfully followed the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots on TV; she enjoyed watching tennis and golf — especially golf tournaments played in sunny, green southern locales during Maine’s late winter. Jane was an avid reader, particularly the mysteries of Lilian Jackson Braun and Donna Leon; for many years she was a regular patron of the Rockport library. Most of all, Jane enjoyed and loved her children, grandchildren, and the family’s pets, Kara and Hisso.

Jane is survived by her husband, Dr. Merrill J. King Jr., a resident at the Knox Center, Rockland; by her daughter, Denise Stadler and her husband, Mark, of Camden; daughter Merrie McLaughlin of Brockport, N.Y.; daughter Kristina King and her husband, Kerry Hardy, of Rockland; son Stefan King of Belmont, Mass.; and son William Bromley and his wife, Cheryl, of Hillsboro Beach, Fla.; and her six grandchildren. Jane was predeceased by her husband, William J. Bromley.

Jane’s family is thankful for the compassionate care she received from the second floor staff at the Knox; their humor, dedication, and love toward their patients are evident and appreciated.

A memorial service will be held at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Camden in early April and will be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Thomas’ Episcopal, P.O. Box 631, Camden, ME 04843; Rockport Public Library, P.O. Box 8, Rockport, ME 04856; or to the activity department at Knox Center for Long Term Care, 6 White St., Rockland, ME 04841.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the King family by visiting their book of memories at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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