Mary Ann King, 64, a longtime resident of the Cornelius community, died Saturday evening, Jan. 25, at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro.

Father Patrick Neary will celebrate a funeral Mass Friday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland. Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following in St. Pius X parish hall in Northwest Portland. Burial rites and interment will follow the reception at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Southwest Portland at approximately 3 p.m.

Mrs. King was born March 25, 1955, in Portland to Henry “Hank” Mele and Helen (Sweistris) Mele. She was raised in Portland, attending Holy Redeemer School and then St. Mary’s Academy, graduating with the class of 1973. Upon her high school graduation, she attended the University of Portland Nursing School, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1977.

Shortly after graduating from college, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

She and Michael King married Oct. 8, 1988, in Holy Redeemer Church in Portland. They celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this past October. Ever since their marriage they have lived in the Cornelius community.

Mary Ann had a big, loving heart that she showed her family. Although she was unable to practice nursing as a career because of her MS, she used her medical knowledge to dispense caring advice on healthy living to family and friends. She was an affectionate woman who was always ready with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. She also enjoyed the beauty of nature with her love of flowers, especially red roses, as well as her devotion to her many dogs over the years, Goldie, Casey, Tigger, Tiny and Lulu. She bore her physical limitations and sufferings with great dignity and faith and was an inspiration to all who knew her in her ability to endure despite her afflictions.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hank and Helen Mele.

Survivors include her husband, Mike King, her aunt Ruth and her many, many cousins, extended family, and friends throughout the Northwest and beyond.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 25 N. Rosa Parks Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, in her memory.

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