Anita Beryl King
Anita Beryl King of 160 Campus View Drive, Lincoln, IL went home to be with Christ on Sunday December 17th, 2017. Anita was under the care of the Christian Village following a lengthy hospital stay. The family wishes to thank the Village staff for the excellent care she received while there. Anita was born November 14th, 1932 to Enos and Thelma (nee King) Dowling in Lebanon Indiana. She was united in marriage to Robert King December 14th 1952. Although this union did not last, they were blessed with three children; Nancy (Mike) Roti, Barry (Julie) King and Jeffrey (Barbra) King. Her children survive her. She treasured her family.
Anita attended Lincoln Christian Church. She was a woman of many interests and talents. She was an accomplished seamstress making many of her families clothing as well as sewing custom doll clothes. She was a member of several doll clubs and used her considerable skill and knowledge to make or repair dolls. Anita has an extensive collection of dolls numbering close to 1000. Anita loved miniatures and expanded her crafting into making doll houses and miniature homes. This includes a replica of the Lincoln Home of Springfield IL. Her Lincoln Home replica was featured on an episode of Illinois Stories with Mike McDonald in 2003 to coincide with Lincoln’s birthday. The Lincoln Home has been gifted to the Mt. Pulaski Courthouse historical society so that it can be enjoyed for years to come. She also created an entire village complete with church and cemetery and accompanying story line. The village features foods, books, furniture and accessories and landscaping all made by Anita. Most recently Anita sculpted clay birds and animals to give as gifts to her family and special friends. Animals held a special place in Anita’s life over the years. She once bred both dogs and cats. Her final companion was her shi-tzu Baby, who misses her very much. Anita was preceded in death by her parents, brother Kingsley and niece Judy. Along with her children she is survived by her nephews Terry Dowling, Duke Dowling and Matt Dowling, grandchildren Erin (Stephen) Moss, Andrew Roti, Kristen (Daniel) Shipley, Christopher King, Kara (Chad) Paul and Josh King as well as 5 great grandchildren. Memorials may be made to The Humane Society or animal foundation of the donor’s choice.
Graveside service will be held in Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN. on December 27, 2017 at 1PM. There will be a celebration of life in Lincoln, IL at a later date.
Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Homehas been entrusted with her care.