Audre Latimer King, 95, passed away in Houston, on Thursday, May 10, 2012. Audre was a long-time Roswell resident, who recently relocated to Houston to be near her children.
Audre was born in Dexter on Jan. 8, 1917, the oldest of four children born to Earl and Johnie Latimer. She attended school in Dexter and Roswell, was a 1933 graduate of Roswell High School, and lived in the Roswell area for most of her life.
Audre went to work as Chaves County deputy tax assessor in 1934. She thought this was the best job in Roswell until 1942, when she was “drafted” to work in sub-depot and supply (procurement and contracting) at Roswell Army Air Base to free up military personnel for WWII. Roswell Army Air Base became Walker Air Force Base, and Audre remained in the Procurement Department, meeting her future husband, Roy Otto King, at Walker AFB after the war.
Audre married Roy in May 1953, shortly after Roy was transferred to Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico. They had two children, Candace Audre King (born in Puerto Rico) and Roy Otto King Jr. (born in Roswell). Both children graduated from Goddard High School, but there were postings at Goose Bay AFB (Labrador, Canada) and Dyess AFB (Abilene, Texas) before a return to Walker AFB. After Walker AFB closed, Audre worked at an Indian Training School, and back at the county tax assessor’s office, before completing her career in government service as an IRS auditor with the Department of Treasury.
This retirement was short, as boredom set in and Audre found other things to do. Local residents may remember Audre when she worked at Pants Palace or at Seasons at Sandra’s. Working at a clothing store was a perfect fit; Audre loved all the beautiful clothes. Audre was a member of First United Methodist Church, Beta Sigma Phi, a life member of the Assistance League of Chaves County, and served on the Advisory Board for La Casa de Buena Salud.
Audre was preceded in death by her husband (Roy) and brother (Earl Latimer Jr.). She is survived by her two children (Candy and Roy Jr.), five grandchildren (Joseph Roy King, Jason Perry Stegall, Kara Michelle King, Kacie Marie King and Michael Eric Stegall), her brother (Glenn Latimer), her sister (Diane Andress), and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., at 10 a.m., on Monday, May 21, 2012, with burial afterward next to her husband at the family plot in Hagerman. Friends and family are welcomed to celebrate Audre’s memory.
In lieu of flowers, Audre would prefer a memorial contribution to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.