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Ines Adeline King

November 19, 1923 ~ November 15, 2017 (age 93)
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Ines Adeline King


            Ines Adeline Adams King, age 93, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

            Ines was born November 19, 1923 to Moses Noyes and Clarice Adeline (Sheldon) Adams, sixth in a family of eight children on a farm nine miles east of Harris, Missouri near Judson. On April 18, 1946, she was united in marriage to Melvin Ray King by Rev. Hugh Harmon at Newtown, Mo.  Two daughters, Melanie Joyce and Martha Ann were born to this union.  They farmed in the Judson community until 1948 and then moved to the Bairdstown community where they raised their family and farmed for over 50 years through their retirement.

            Ines attended the rural schools through the 8th grade and then the Milan High School after the Farm to Market road was graveled in 1938.  She was a graduate of the Class of 1942.  She attended the Kirksville State Teacher’s College, now Truman State University and taught six terms in the Sullivan County schools including Judson, Centerpoint and Turner.       

            In 1941, Ines accepted Christ as her Savior and became a member of the Liberty Union Baptist Church.  She was baptised September 28, 1941.  She taught Sunday School and was the W.M.U. Director for several years.  She also served as W.M.U. Director in the North Central Baptist Association.  For 34 years she served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Judson Cemetery, Inc. and solicited funds for perpetual upkeep of the cemetery.  She became a member of the General John Sullivan Chapter DAR in 1988 and was elected Chapter Regent from 1992-1994.  She was a member of the Sullivan County Historical Society, Baptist Women of Liberty Union and Turner Extension Club (later becoming the Community Club).  She survived and prevailed over cancer in 1992.

            Ines and Melvin were true partners in the farm and also worked closely with Melvin’s sister and brother-in-law, Maurine and Hugh Stuart, in their cattle and farming operations.  Ines enjoyed people and was active in the community affairs as long as she was able.  She lived on the farm until she moved to Milan in 2013.  She was known for her great cooking and pies and was an avid letter writer, getting great joy from receiving her sisters’ letters and later their childrens’.  She wrote the Lapland News for the Milan Standard for years, keeping many relatives and friends across the country informed about neighborhood activities. Ines was a hard worker, always helping her family and neighbors, a reliable source of historical facts including daily rainfall or figuring the bushels for a grain bin or wagon.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, on March 8, 2003, her parents, an infant sister Dolly and an uncle, Miles Adams, who lived with her family throughout her childhood.  Also preceding her in death were her siblings and their spouses, Mary Helen (Lea) Dickerson; Margaret Annie (Wes) Ware; Noyes Sheldon (Eathel) Adams; Emily Lucy (James) Duncan, Queen Adelaide (Robert) Etheridge, and Levi Clay (Joann) Adams.  

            She is survived by: two daughters, Melanie Floyd and husband Jerry of Winchester, Illinois, and Martha Gragg of Milan; one grandson, Tanner Judson Gragg (Tammy Lawson) of Milan; one great grandchild, Christian Cole Gragg; eleven nephews and eight nieces.

            Funeral services for Ines will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Burial will follow at the Bairdstown Cemetery. A visitation is scheduled for 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Saturday evening at the funeral home.

            Memorial contributions are suggested to the Judson Cemetery or the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital Foundation. 

 Service Information

November 18, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home
120 West Fourth Street
Milan, MO 63556

Funeral Service
November 19, 2017

2:00 PM
Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home
120 West Fourth Street
Milan, MO 63556

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