Betty Rice King


Betty Rice King 1/31/34 – 3/2/2018.

Betty was born on Jan. 31, 1934, during a blizzard on Great Cranberry Island, daughter of Warren Rice (of Suttons Island) and Effie (Wardwell) Rice (of Brooklin). On that day, the doctor was to come from Southwest Harbor, but the harbor was frozen. He pushed a dory to Cranberry in an attempt to make it on time. The doctor arrived to find Betty sleeping and her mother loading wood into the wood stove.

Shortly after her birth, the young family moved off of Great Cranberry to Manset. This is where Betty fell in love with her neighbor and childhood sweetheart Stanwood Leslie King (Les). She would often tell their love story by beginning it with “I was 5, and he was 9……” They married June 19, 1954, and were inseparable until Les passed away 14 years ago.

Betty graduated Pemetic High School and then took a position working at Henry R. Hinckley & Co. as a private secretary for Henry Hinckley. She also worked at the family’s hotel in Southwest Harbor, The Dirigo, until it burned in 1960. At that time, she and Les became inn owners of the Moorings Inn in Southwest Harbor.

Betty worked magic creating special holiday memories from making her own decorations to special molasses cookies, deviled eggs and stuffing that everyone competed for. All the while dressed to the nines complete with a French twist and heels. After retirement, Betty and Les were off adventuring together traveling around Maine, antiquing and attending auctions.

Betty was able to remain in her own home until the last six months of her life, with love and care from her devoted caregivers that she and the family so appreciated. Thanks also, to Patton Pond house staff and VNA hospice team.

Betty was predeceased by her sister, Maxine Goodwin, survived by her daughter and son-in-law Leslie and Chuck Watson, son and daughter-in-law Storey and Kandy King, grandchildren: Natasha Johnson and husband, Tyler Johnson, Alyssa Watson and husband, Andrew Tracy, Ethan and Madison King, and two great-grandchildren: Liana and Barrett Johnson. Special niece Beth Reed and nephews Timmy Goodwin and Warren Goodwin, and many great-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held later this spring at the Moorings Inn, date to be announced.

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