Diane M. King, 70, of Ford City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in her home.
Born March 22, 1951, in New Kensington, she was a daughter of the late James Alvin and Mary Louise (Cline) Moorehead.
Diane spent her childhood at the family camp along the Allegheny River in Kelly Station, which became a lifelong summer family tradition.
While going to school at Apollo Elementary, Diane would meet a boy who was to be her best friend. As they got a little older, they would meet in the woods, where they learned how to dance together. This innocent childhood friendship was the bond of two soul mates, as they would become husband and wife for 51 years. Their love for dancing became a lifetime passion, and their elegant and graceful style was a joy to see.
Diane graduated from Apollo High School in 1969, and she married Roger on November 1, 1969.
Diane "Ma" worked for Clear Channel Cable in Kittanning, and retired from Help Mates in Kittanning, after 17 years. She came out of retirement to serve as a manager of Millwood Arms and Freedom Apartments, both in Ford City. She was a member of the Ford City Eagles Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, going to casinos, and beach vacations. She was also an avid reader, and liked ladybugs. But her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was most important to her.
All who got to know Diane had been blessed by the grace of a mother. Easy to smile and slow to anger, Diane had the presence of a true friend, and the strength of a queen. The mark of love and passion she has left behind will truly last forever.
She is survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 51 years, Roger King, whom she married on November 1, 1969; her daughter, Teresa ("Beaver") Spencer of Ford City; her son, Brandon (Elizabeth) King of Apollo, her grandchildren, Brittany (Tyler) Krukar, Emma King, Grayson King, and Reed King; her great-grandchildren, Sydney, Wyatt, and Rylee Krukar; siblings, Darlene (Tom) Peronto, Carl (Jo) Moorehead, Jimmy Moorehead, and Dee Dee Lohmeier.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Lisa Miller.
Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, in the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. A service will follow at 8 p.m., immediately following the evening visitation. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ford City Public Library, 1136 Fourth Ave., Ford City, PA 16226. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.welchfh.com.
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