Frances Elizabeth McMullan King

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 28, 2009

Frances Elizabeth “Beth” McMullan King died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. She was 88.

Mrs. King was the daughter of “Queenie” Fife McMullan McCoy and Frank H. McMullan. She was reared in Vicksburg and graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy. She attended Belhaven College and Columbia University in New York and taught at Duling Elementary and Bailey Junior High schools in Jackson.

With her husband, she lived in Topeka, Kan., for 20 years before returning to the Jackson area in 1974.

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Mrs. King had been a member of the Ridgeland Newcomers Club, Madison County Extension Homemaker Club, St. Francis of Assisi parish and various supper clubs and travel groups. She had served as president of Les Jeunesse Luncheon and Bridge Club and chairman of Belhaven College’s 50-Year Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Richard Quitman King.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth Morgan of Decatur, Ga., and Carolyn DeLeo of Jackson; three grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; a great-granddaughter; and other relatives, including Elisabeth Montgomery Clarke, Betzebe Clarke and Bert Cummings, all of Vicksburg.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4000 W. Tidewater Lane in Madison. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Clinton. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, 350 High St., Jackson. A gathering for friends and family will be after the service at the home of Elisabeth Clarke, No. 1 Glenwood Circle in Vicksburg.

Pallbearers will be Park Morgan, Dominic DeLeo, Ethan Bogart, Garrett Morgan, Bert Cummings and Jack Morgan.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mississippi.