Ernestine E. King

TOPSHAM – Ernestine E. King, 99, born Nov. 5, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio, died peacefully, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Cadigan Lodge in Topsham. She had lived 56 years in Corning, N.Y., with her late husband, Charles, before moving to The Highlands retirement community in 1998. Their four children survive; Nancy L. Davis of Los Angeles, Calif., David L. King of Geneva, N.Y., Henry C. King of Madison, Wis., and Glenn E. King of Chelmsford, Mass. Mrs. King always considered it her good fortune that circumstances permitted her to be a homemaker, available to the Parent-Teachers Association, to Scouts, to her political representatives, to her church and most of all to a growing family.

Before her marriage in 1941, Mrs. King had attended Oberlin College, Class of 1938, then joined the staff of the Cincinnati Art Museum, fulfilling a lifelong dream of promoting education in the arts. This pleasure was furthered by an invitation to teach at Elmira College in the 1960s, then at Cornell University as a graduate fellow, specializing in comparisons of Western and Asian art.

Having acquired an 1883 residence on Swan’s Island off Mount Desert, the Kings enjoyed hosting family gatherings, especially as the four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren could find their way from homes scattered across the country.

She will be buried with her husband on the King plot in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin, Ohio. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., in Brunswick. Time and date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a memorial contribution to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brunswick, or to the United Way.

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