Mary Jo King, of Kaufman, Texas, had her birthday into heaven on Feb. 12, 2010 in Kaufman.
She was born March 6, 1921 in Conway to the late C.T. and Hope (Taylor) Ray. Mary Jo married Luther E. King on July 13, 1940.
During World War II and the Korean Conflict, while Luther was serving in the U.S. Navy, Mary Jo and the children were in Conway with her parents. She was the owner of Personally Yours in Tyler in the 1970s and 1980s. As a dress maker, Mary Jo had no peer. She made the flower girls’ dresses for the Tyler Rose Festival in the 1970s.
Mary Jo was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, where she was active in the WMU and BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One To Another) Bible Club.
She is preceded in death by her parents, C.T. and Hope Ray; two sisters, Sybil Ray and Mildred Ballentine; husband Luther E. King; a daughter Rebecca King; a son Gary King.
Those left to celebrate her life are one son, C.R. King and wife Janie of Kaufman; one daughter, Lois King McMaster and husband Charles of Copperas Cove, Texas; one brother Charles G. Ray and wife Pat of Jamesburg, N.J.; grandchildren, Tiffany King of Aromas, Calif., Richard King and wife Carol of San Diego, Calif., Jay King and wife Yusleisy of San Diego, Thomas King of Terrell, Texas, Dee Dee King of Kansas, George McMaster of Lubbock, Texas, Arthur McMaster of Copperas Cove, Texas; as well as five great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at College Mound United Methodist Church in Terrell. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at College Mound United Methodist Church in Terrell. Interment will be at 3 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler.