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King, Isobel R.

KING, Isobel Rankine

Isobel Rankine King (née Barnet) lived a wonderful life, passing away surrounded by family on Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 at Hospice Wellington following a short illness.

She was much loved by family: her husband of 65 years Kenneth King, children Scott (Richelle Allen-King), Barbara King Hooper (Gary), Donald (Michele ApSimon), and Steven and by her grandchildren Kiera, Justin and Nicholas. She was predeceased by parents Alfred and Euphemia Barnet, siblings Jean Whitley, Doug Barnet, and Jack Barnet. She is lovingly remembered by brother Rev Murray Barnet and wife June, and many dear nieces and nephews from the Barnet and King Families.

Isobel was born on a farm in Huntoon, SK in 1931, and despite growing up in the ‘Dirty Thirties’, she had a happy childhood. The family moved to a Fergus, Ont. farm when she was 15 because of tough times and her parents wanted a good education for their children. After graduating from high school, she worked at the Ontario Agricultural College where she met Ken. Their romance quickly blossomed and they were married in September 1954. They bought a lot in the south end of Guelph in 1956 and built the home in which they have lived ever since. In 1964, Ken and Isobel with young Scott, Barb and Don set off for Ken’s sabbatical in Australia. There were many subsequent trips throughout Europe, China, and Down Under. It was in New Zealand where she took her first quilting class in 1981. She became a prize-winning quilter, creating priceless works of art for family and friends, and donating many. She was a charter member of the Royal City Quilters Guild and taught classes sharing her quilting talents with others for many years. She also was a prize-winning baker and taught bread baking for many years. As a member of the Guelph GoGo Grandmothers, she made close to 100 unique vests with African design to raise funds in support of African grandmothers caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. She was an active leader at Dublin Street United Church for more than 60 years; she was twice president of the Dublin United Church Women who honoured her as a Life Member, and served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. She was an active person who enjoyed square dancing, cross-country skiing, hiking and badminton.

Isobel will be well remembered for her friendship, service and selflessness, dedication to family and community, generosity, productivity (she was sewing all the time for others), and as an inspiration for how to live one’s life. She was pragmatic, grounded, optimistic, kind and hospitable, and was a mentor who humbly led by example. Isobel put her heart into everything she did.

A visitation will be 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm on Friday, March 6 at Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph. A celebration of life/memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 7 at Dublin Street United Church, 68 Suffolk St. W., Guelph. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dublin Street United Church, Hospice Wellington, or Guelph General Hospital. Cremation has occurred and interment will take place at a later date.

A tree will be planted in memory of Isobel R. King in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

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