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Isabelle King, local minister for six decades, dies at 101

The Rev. Isabelle G. King, 101, who spent 60 years preaching at Baptist and community churches in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Williamstown Commons.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on Oct. 13, 1907, daughter of John and Isabella Davis Greer, she had planned to do missionary work in Africa after graduating from the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow but found herself in the United States working with the poverty-stricken in tough neighborhoods like New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and Boston’s South End.

She would go on to carve out a life for herself in the United States and raise a family, all the while ministering at shelters, prisons and to congregations, and over the radio.

Known for delivering her sermons extemporaneously, she would pace in front of the congregation, refusing to be tied to a pulpit. She only gave up preaching at the age of 97, when her legs could no longer keep up with her spirit.

Full story at iBerkshires.com, Massachussetts.

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