Memorial of Christine Hazel King
I arrived in the parking lot early, found a good, close spot, and watched as people began to file into the Willingboro Public Library. They were coming from different directions of the parking lots carrying foods preparation units, and wares then single filing into the door reminding me of the procession into Noah’s Ark.
By 2:30 p.m. the large multi-room was filled and more chairs were brought in to accommodate SRO crowd. Then the Reverend Bruce Williams opened the Memorial Program with such a moving prayer of comfort that the audience became engaged in a spiritual call and response as his words flowed like libation. Family members, friends, employees of the Library, and people of multiple walks of life whom she had touched, shared memories, and acknowledgements of Ms. Christine H. King’s loving personality and her ability to balance professionalism with humility and respect. During the sharing, a monetary presentation was made by Mattie Mallory Vice President of the Friends of the Library to be used in the children’s library technology section in memory of Ms. King.
On Sunday January 10th, 2016 a legacy was borne as folks identified themselves in the lineage and connection of the King family with poems, songs (even one sung in Spanish, then English) School and childhood antics were put on Blast; then this “fire-starter”, who always took time to help whomever for whatever, memorial was closed in a loving Legacy paying homage to “Ms. Chris a laid back quiet giant who got things done and made a difference.
[Christine Hazel King served faithfully on the Advisory Board of Public Communications until 2015, at which time her health demanded her fullest care. It was the desire of Ms. King that our newspaper take on the image of a magazine once again: an accomplished goal!]