Zona Clare King, 78, died at the Lindley Inn assisted living facility in The Plains, OH, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, of complications related to Parkinson's Disease. She was born on Oct. 13, 1934, in Crescent City, Calif., to the late Marian G. and Lowell J. Smith. She attended the Catlin Gable Independent Day School in Portland, Ore., and Antioch College in Yellow Springs. On June 25, 1955, she married Richard A. King. In 1973, Ms. King earned a Bachelor of Science, Music Education, from the University of Southern Maine, Gorham; she was the program's first organ major. She earned the American Guild of Organists—Colleague Degree in 1984.
Zona and her family moved to Brunswick, Maine, in 1964. She served as organist at First Parish Church in Brunswick from 1970-1986, and chapel organist at Bowdoin College from 1975-1992. In 1973 she joined the faculty of the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. While there, she taught K-12 music and art history, and later served as Chairman of the Arts Department and Dean of Faculty. She retired in 1996.
She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Elizabeth G. K. Hess and Brian N. Hess, Orlando, Fla.; her daughter and her husband, Amy A. King and John R. Gilliom, Athens; her foster daughter and her husband, Dolly and Hank Luwisch, Livingston, N.J.; seven grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and dear friend Kathy Berardi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. King (Antioch College '55), her son, Timothy H. King, and her brother, Garrett Smith.
There will be a memorial service for Zona C. King at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Parish Church, 207 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine, officiated by the Reverend Mary Baard. Zona's ashes will be interred in the church's memory garden on Mere Point Road in Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Appalachian Community VNA Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, Ohio 45701, the Music Ministry of First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, Maine 04011, or the Zona King Scholarship for the Arts, Waynflete School, 360 Spring St., Portland, Maine 04102