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Frances Hall King, 104

Frances Hall King, 104

Frances Hall King, 104, of Hendersonville died Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Carolina Village Medical Center.

Frances was born Dec. 4, 1908 in Lincoln, Neb., to the late Maxwell and Susan Newman Hall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis King; her sons, Christopher and Stephen; and her brothers, Newman and Homer Hall. During her lifetime, she lived in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., moving to Hendersonville in 1969.

Francis received a B.A. in English from Western College for Women (Ohio) in 1929, and a M.A. from Ohio State on 1930. She attended Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College for several summers. She taught English at Wilmington College (Ohio), N.C. State (Raleigh), Agnes Scott and Georgia State (Atlanta), American University (Washington D.C.), and Greek plays at the Aegean Institute (Paros, Greece).

Frances was an active member of civic and professional organizations including the League of Women Voters, AAUW (co-founder of the Hendersonville chapter), American Association of University Professors (president of the American University chapter), Western College for Women Alumnae Association, the Association for Retarded Citizens (co-founder of chapters in MD, D.C., GA, and NC), National Association for Retarded Citizens (board member), and Friends Meetings in Bethesda, MD, and Brevard, NC.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan King; daughter-in-law, Sally King; very special friend, Ellie Cox; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Katie Tash, Adam, Kate and Stephen King, Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Alex Tash, Justus, Chloe, Allison, and Kelly King; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in the Carolina Village Hall. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1403, or Carolina Village Medical Center, 701 Carolina Village Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at

Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.