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Apr 28, 2013 - Staff
Josephine King, of Riverton, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Casper Medical Center. She was 82 years old.
Per her request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no service.
Mary Josephine Jons was born Oct. 2, 1930, the daughter of Henry Brumm and Mary Josephine (Irby) Jons on the Scott/Jons Ranch near Daniel. She was the oldest of four girls.
She attended several rural schools as well as schools in Pinedale and Laramie. She graduated from high school in Montello, Nev. She also attended the University of Wyoming.
After her father was killed, her mother moved the family to Riverton in 1948. She worked at the Temple Drug Store then was employed at Gilpatrick Construction Co. for 40 years as the accounts receivable clerk and receptionist.
The company crushed aggregate material at its Riverton gravel pit, and one of her jobs was to dispense gravel. Her many customers referred fondly to her as "Gravel Gertie." She baked cakes every month to celebrate the employees' birthdays, which they looked forward to.
On Nov. 17, 1957, she married William "Bill" King in Riverton. They made their home on the outskirts of Riverton where they had a large yard that was a pride and joy for them. After retirement they moved to the Homestead Senior Housing Complex in Riverton.
Mr. King died in November 2009, and she continued to live in their home until her passing.
Her family said that "Joey," as her family called her, was always there for everyone in the family. As the oldest daughter she took on the role of "mini mom" after her father died and her mother had to assume the role of breadwinner and manger of the family. By doing this she made things easier for the whole family. She was a very good cook and, even though all the sisters took turns in the kitchen, she was, in their eyes, the best.
Carrying on with that tradition, her family said she loved special occasions, and they were always made exceptional when she was in charge.
She is survived by her sisters, Patti Anderson of Riverton, Kay Roelfsema of Iowa, and Eileen (Wayne) Coursey of Iowa, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Jons, and her husband, Bill King.