Charlotte King

Charlotte Marie King, 96, of Mt. Pleasant passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Parkview Home in Wayland.


Charlotte was born on March 18, 1927, in Morning Sun, the daughter of Bert Arthur and Hazel Wilma (Kirkpatrick) Butcher, Sr. She was the oldest of ten children.  She was united in marriage to James Lowell King on December 31, 1945, in Bedford, Indiana, he preceded her in death on March 12, 1999.  She attended the University High School of Bloomington, Indiana and graduated in the class of 1945.  During her years in high school, she had an ear for music and proudly played the violin in the orchestra.   Charlotte was a homemaker and a wonderful cook.  She was an avid gardener and her home was never complete without beautiful flower beds, especially roses.  She was always happy to share with anyone who asked.  After being employed for several years, she returned to school 25 years later and obtained her Licensed Practical Nurse Degree.  She worked as a pediatric nurse at the University of Indiana Hospital in Bloomington, where she lovingly cared for precious babies and young mothers.  After living in Indiana for many years, Charlotte and Jim returned to Iowa in 1989, and built their retirement home that they shared until Jim’s death.


Charlotte and Jim loved to travel around the United States collecting antiques that adorned their home.  They especially had fun finding something in the rough that they would lovingly bring back to its original beauty.  One of the most treasured events in Charlotte’s life was her pilgrimage to Israel with church members in January of 2012.  She was so moved to have been able to walk in the places her Savior walked.  She was a faithful member of the Salem Congregational Church.  


She is survived by her sister, Pamela (David) Schinstock of Salem and her brother, Stephen (Cynthia) Butcher, of Parnell, along with several nieces and nephews.  


Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James, her brothers, Bert Butcher, Jr., William Butcher, Michael Butcher and her sisters, Betty Maddix, Beverly Bartmann, Virginia Machholz-Marshall and Patricia Weller.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Salem Congregational Church in Salem with Pastor Aaron Helterbran officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from ten until service time.  Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.  Memorials may be directed to the Salem Congregational Church, EveryStep Hospice or to the Parkview Home in Wayland in her memory.


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Murphy Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant, is caring for her arrangements.