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Dr. Lou Ray King, 80

Dr. Lou Ray King was born on Nov. 12, 1939, in Clark County, Kentucky, and after contending with Parkinson’s for many years, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2020, in Yuma, Arizona.

She was the daughter of the late Mattie Hunt Lindsay King and Oscar Ray King.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Lindsay King, in 2018.

Lou graduated from UK in 1961, earned a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley in 1967, a PhD from Ohio State University in 1975, and another master’s degree in counseling from UK in 1987.

During a varied career, Lou worked at EKU, the Bourbon County school system, the Department of Defense Schools in Brussels, Belgium, the University of New Mexico, and for the Clark County school system, from which she retired in 2002 after working 12 years as an elementary school counselor. In 2011, Dr. King relocated to Tucson, Arizona, then to Yuma, Arizona, in 2018.

Lou had many interests, including art, writing, a love of animals, her 1969 Mustang and family history. She donated many family portraits and documents to the Clark County Public Library. She was also an early proponent of mind/body wellness and remained intellectually curious all her life.

In Arizona, she is survived by her brother’s wife, Gracie Lee King of Yuma; nephew Joe L. King II of Benson; his daughters, Lindsay Jo King and Karli King and her daughter, Azalea King-Thomas, all of Tucson. Also in Yuma, she is survived by niece, M. Ravae King, and her son, William Cole King-Britt.

In Winchester, she is survived by cousins Jennings Mace and his wife, Ruth; Paul Mace and his wife, Judy; Evelyn Mace; and Jane Cheuvront and family.

In Florida, she is survived by cousins Jim and Mary Pruett and Donie Pruett.

A private graveside service will be conducted at a later date by Rolan Taylor Funeral Home.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@winchestersun.com or call 859-759-0051.

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