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Benton Christian Church
Friday December 9th, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Chapter 179, Order of Eastern Star Memorial Service

Benton Christian Church
Saturday December 10th, 2016

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Benton Christian Church
Saturday December 10th, 2016
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Funeral Service

Benton Christian Church
Saturday December 10th, 2016

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Barbara R. King

Barbara R. (Hummel) King, age 89, 270 Cole’s Creek Mill Road, Benton, died at her home at 6:23 a. m. Thursday, December 1, 2016 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Sunbury on August 1, 1927, she was a daughter of the late William C. and Nancy (Boone) McNinch. She resided in Sugarloaf Township since 1975 and formerly lived in Bloomsburg for many years.

Barbara was a 1945 graduate of Bloomsburg High School and a 1949 graduate of the former Bloomsburg State Teachers College. She began her teaching career at the former Beaver Township High School and then taught at the former Scott Township High School for 2 ½ years, before becoming the speech therapist for the Columbia County School District. She was last employed by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit 16, retiring in 1989.

A member of the Benton Christian Church, she also belonged to the Benton Women’s Club;  the Benton Christian Women’s Club; and the Benton Sewing Club. She also was a member of the Bloomsburg Chapter 179, Order of Eastern Star; the Valley of Bloomsburg,  American Legion Auxiliary; Benton Lions Club and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Barbara was a past president of the Council For Exceptional Children in Pennsylvania and a former vice-president of the North Eastern Retired Teachers Association.  

She was preceded in death by two husbands: Nevin A. Hummel on December 7, 1970 and Donald F. King on April 30, 2011, after 35 years of marriage.

Barbara is survived by three daughters: Susan E. “Soozie”  Hummel, Ft. Orchard, Wash.; Kay L., wife of David  Hughes, Lancaster; Kathy Ann Hummel, at home; two step-sons: Donald King, and his wife Patricia, Harvey’s Lake and Kenneth King, and his wife Melissa, Fort Worth; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren;  13 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Susan L. Trate, Milton;  a  niece, Barbara, wife of Brady Golder, Milton;  and a nephew, Brian Trate, and his wife Sherry, Milton.

State Representative David R. Millard (wife Rita) of Berwick was a special part of Barb's life. While he was growing up, he spent much time with her family and was like a son to her.

The family would like to thank their neighbors and friends, Chet and Paula Pickard, for all their friendship, love and assistance during Barbara’s illness. It was all deeply appreciated.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 4 p. m. in the Benton Christian Church, Third and Church Streets, Benton, with her pastor, Rev. Dr. David Mansfield officiating. Visitation will be at the Church on Friday from 6-8 p. m. and Saturday from 2-4 p. m. Bloomsburg Chapter 179, Order of Eastern Star will conduct services at 2 p. m. Saturday.

The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Benton.

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A candle was lit in memory of Barbara King

Kathy ... I miss you so much. Dec 11 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for your kind words. "Grandma Barb" was all about love.

Kathy Dec 8 2016 12:00 AM

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With our deepest sympathy and love, Tish Addis and Penny, Zeb and Christine Comer

Expression of Sympathy Dec 8 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara King

Lauren Cole Dec 8 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara King

Nevin Monroe Lehman Dec 7 2016 12:00 AM

"Grandma Barb," as we remember her being called by her many grandchildren, was a light to her family and friends and to so many in the community for all she did for others! She lives on in the many lives that she touched -- may her smile remain with each of you and bring you comfort at this time.

Nancy & Fred DePoe Dec 6 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara King

Derek eldridge Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Barbara King

Jennifer Haskins Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM

Barb WAS the candle! Benton has had a tremendous loss once again.
She will be remembered with much love. Hearts to you and your family.

Donna K. Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM

So many years ago, Barbara was my Student Teacher Advisor at Bloomsburg State College in Speech Pathology. She was a great teacher and always had a smile on her face. I will remember her in my prayers.

Kathleen Mulligan Dec 5 2016 12:00 AM

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