Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Sue King — August 15, 1956 to January 16, 2016

PENELOPE SUSAN KING, who was known as Sue, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16 at Sue Ryder,

PENELOPE SUSAN KING, who was known as Sue, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 16 at Sue Ryder, Nettlebed, surrounded by her family.

Sue was born on August 15, 1956 in Bangor, North Wales, the eldest daughter of Michael and Audrey Breese (both deceased) and sister to Hilary.

Her father’s profession as an entomologist took the family to Trinidad where they lived until 1964.

Upon their return to England the family made Sittingbourne, Kent, their home. Sue attended Highsted Girls’ Grammar School and then secretarial college in Canterbury.

Sue had a passion for travel and in her twenties enjoyed several seasons working as a holiday rep in Kitzbühel, Austria. She also spent three years living and working in Tuttlingen, Germany.

On December 9, 1989, Sue married Roland King in Henley. The couple lived in Maidensgrove, where they brought up two daughters Jenny, 25, and Lucy, 22. Sue loved her girls dearly; they filled her with pride and joy.

Not only was she a brilliant mother, but a best friend too.

When Jenny and Lucy were of school age, Sue worked in residential lettings before taking on a part-time role at Wallingford Medical Practice 10 years ago.

Many of Sue’s colleagues became firm friends and she showed great empathy towards the patients of the practice.

Sue was an active member of the Russell’s Water village hall committee, organising the popular Party On The Green. More recently, she enjoyed volunteering at the Kenton Theatre in Henley. Sue loved Henley life and would often remark how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful town.

She also adored the great outdoors. She was a true lover of the countryside and would start each day with a brisk walk around Maidensgrove Common or, in the summer months, an early morning swim in the outdoor pool at Wallingford. In 2014 Sue successfully completed the Thames Swim with her sister Hilary. She also got great pleasure from walking the Thames Path with girlfriends.

Holidays would often be based around swimming, hiking, cycling and skiing, which took the family all over Europe.

Sadly, Roland died suddenly in September 2014 while they were holidaying on the Italian island of Elba. This was understandably a huge shock and Sue was extremely grateful for her friends’ love and support over the last 16 months.

Sue lived life to the full. She was enthusiastic, practical, kind and thoughtful. Her excellent sense of humour never failed to bring a smile to those that knew her and she will be missed by many.

The funeral will take place at the South Chapel of Reading Crematorium on Monday (February 1) at 2.30pm. All enquiries to A B Walker & Son on (01491) 413434. Family flowers only. Traditional funeral dress with a splash of colour. Donations, if desired, on the day to Sue Ryder, Nettlebed.

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