Cornelia (Lia) J. King, 76, of Sebastian, Fl., formerly of Carthage, NY, passed away Tuesday Nov. 2, 2021 at VNA Hospice in Vero Beach.
She was born May 23, 1945 in Noordwijk, South Holland, the Netherlands the daughter of Wilhelmus van Kan and Alida (Bulk) van Kan. She was reared and educated in the Netherlands as a nurse. It was there where she would also meet her future husband, Roger D. King of Cincinnati, Ohio who was on a weekend pass from Germany.
The two corresponded and she waited for Roger for several years while he deployed to Southeast Asia three times in the 60s with the Army Security Agency before she agreed to take on the title of Army wife in 1968.
When Roger volunteered to deploy to Vietnam 1970, Lia would care for their one-year-old daughter, Dawn, on her own in Germany.
She would go onto raise Dawn and her son Aaron single-handedly during her husband’s many deployments, shine countless military insignias, starch fatigues all the while holding down a fulltime job as a librarian over the remainder of Roger’s 27-year Army career.
She lost Roger, the love of her life, in 2017, but she pressed on focusing on her family, literature and a good glass of Chardonnay.
She is survived by one daughter, Dawn Chambers and her husband Gary Hicks of Vero Beach; one son, Aaron King of Watertown, NY; and one grandson, Aidan King, a U.S. Airman stationed in Odenton, Maryland.
Lia will be inurned with her beloved husband Roger in Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring of 2022.
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