Flora Elizabeth “Liz” (Kuhn) King Kingrey was born in Portsmouth, OH to Georgie Marie (Cannady) Kuhn and Frank Julius Kuhn on July 24, 1930. Liz’s mother died in February 1938. She was raised by her father with the help of her (much) older siblings. Liz graduated from Washington High School in 1948. After graduation, she moved to Dayton, Ohio to be with her sister Lena Belle Coder. Liz started working at Albers’ Grocery store in the produce department and eventually to a cashier position. She was transferred to another location, where, as she puts it, a “handsome tall man was hired to work there.” It was Bernard “Bernie” James King. He was also working at Inland Mfg- a division of GM- but took on a second job at Albers so that he could buy a car. After two dates, she told Lena that he was the one and that she was going to marry him. Sure enough, they were married on December 6, 1952. They had two children (Sharon and Donna) and eventually built a house on 3 acres in West Milton, Ohio. On 8/15/1974, tragedy struck. Bernie took the boat out on the river (Stillwater) and Liz went down to meet him. She found the boat floating empty without the motor. Bernie had fallen into the river and died that day. Liz and the girls were devastated by this loss. Liz stated, “It was as sad as I ever was or will be.” Liz got remarried to Charles Kingrey and moved to his farm in Troy, OH in 1976. She was miserably unhappy in the relationship which ended in divorce in 1980. Liz stated, “How can you have the best and find another person better.” In her eyes, no one could measure up to Bernie King. In 1980, Liz joined Lena and Paul Coder in Orlando, Florida. Sharon, her first husband and their son Douglas and Donna all moved to Orlando with Liz. Sharon moved away but returned in 1983 and has been in Central Florida ever since. She divorced her first husband and married Charles “Chuck” Hulbert in 1986. She had two more sons, “Chaz” and “Alex”. Donna moved to New York City to pursue Fashion but shortly thereafter returned to Central Florida. Donna married David Brabham and helped him raise his two children (David Brabham Jr and Evie Brabham McDaniel) from his first marriage and they divorced in 2006. Liz enjoyed traveling, gardening, sewing, crocheting, playing cards- especially “Rummy” which she usually won. She was an avid reader of books and magazines and especially loved reading the newspaper. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles (though she would occasionally refer to the answer page to help her fill in the words) and other puzzles to keep her mind active. Sadly, on July 10, 2021, Liz fell asleep in death at the age of 90 years 50 weeks. She leaves behind her two loving daughters Sharon Hulbert (Charles) and Donna King, 6 grandchildren: Douglas Miller (Nicole Taylor, fiancée), Charles “Chaz” Hulbert (Kaley), Alexander “Alex” Hulbert (Josie), David Brabham Jr (Beth), Evie Brabham McDaniel (Zach) and 13 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other extended family members. A graveside service was held on July 19, 2021 in Riverside Cemetery, West Milton. Arrangements were in care of Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, West Milton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd, Troy, OH 45373. Online memories of Flora may be left for the family at www.hale-sarver.com.
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