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Elizabeth L. King, 80

Elizabeth "Bette" L. King, age 80, of Hastings, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on Saturday, Feb. 15, at her home.

Bette was born March 4, 1933, in Hastings, to Frank and Mary Katherine (Tix) Lucking. She married Melvin King on Oct. 28, 1950, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hastings. Melvin passed away on Nov. 22, 1994. She was a former Title One Aide for 20 years in Hastings, serving both public and private schools.

Bette loved being with her family, gardening, music, late night talk shows, talent competitions, and saying her prayers in the sun. She had a small notebook that she carried with her and would write down the names of people she had heard were facing challenges, so she could pray for them. Bette will be greatly missed but remembered fondly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, daughter Laurislee; parents Frank and Mary Katherine Lucking; and three siblings: Lorraine Radke, Laverne Lucking, and Raymond Lucking.

She is survived by her children: Roxanne (Allen) Lewerer of New Richmond, Wis., Vicki (Larry) Cavalier of Stillwater, Jaci (Rick) Cobian of Hastings, Jim King of Hastings, Mike (Char) King of Hastings, Kellie (Paul Johnson) King of Hastings; 16 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her brother Jack (Judy) Lucking of Mora, Minn.; sister-in-law "Tuts" Lucking of Vermillion, Minn.; many nieces; nephews; other family and friends.

Funeral Mass officiated by Father James Perkl, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 15th St. W., Hastings. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. 7th St., Hastings, with an hour of visitation prior to the Mass at church. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bette's grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were handled by Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419.

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