Marion Elizabeth McBrearty was born the second child of John and Emily Lombard McBrearty on June 13, 1926, in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
The family moved to Glenolden, Pennsylvania, where she finished her education. Her classmates gave her the nickname “Mickey,” which remained with her throughout her life.
After high school, she joined the Cadet’s Nurse Corps. It was WWII and her brother was serving his country in the Marine Corps. She completed her nurse’s education at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, graduating in 1947.
During a trip out west in 1948 with her best friend, Anne Musser, they stayed overnight in Cody. It was love at first sight. They decided to leave their Eastern city roots and relocate to this town with a population of 2,000, and both got jobs at the Cody Hospital.
Mickey met and married a local cowboy, Bill Felker, and they had four children together.
After Bill’s tragic death, she married Reuben King, her “white knight.” He adopted her four children, and they had one child together.
She went to work as a school nurse for Eastside, Sunset and Wapiti schools until her retirement.
In the summers, the couple owned and operated King’s Anchorage at Buffalo Bill Reservoir.
Mickey loved to read and was an avid sports fan. What she enjoyed most was spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Emily McBrearty, brother John “Buck”McBrearty, and Bill Felker.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Reuben; children Kimberly King, Jed (Sandi) King, Kit (Doug) Currah, Kay (Terry) Kenney, and Jill King; grandchildren Jason Pitt, Todd (Kyoko) Pitt, Valerie King, Josh King, Nic Kenney, Ben Daniels, and Kayla Bo McElmury; great-grandchildren Imogen, Lucian, and Ashland Pitt, and Tayler, Tierra, and Tori McElmury; several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Spirit Mountain Hospice.
Services will be held at Ballard Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2.