Olive Zita King, 101, a 38-year Wenatchee Valley resident, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Blossom Creek Memory Care in Wenatchee.
She was born on November 25, 1916, at Hidden Timber, South Dakota, to the late Peter John and Julia Elizabeth (Cournoyer) Nepper. She was raised by her Sioux grandmother in the Grassland Prairie area near Gregory and Rapid City, South Dakota. She was educated in Rapid City and graduated in a class of 100 students in 1935 from Rapid City High School. She then received her college degree in business and went to work in the banking field at the Black Hills National Bank in Rapid City. Olive was promoted to Administrative Assistant at the bank, where she continued working until she retired in the early 1970s.
In the early 1940s, Olive married the love of her life, Louis H. King, in Rapid City where they made their home together, surviving the Black Hills Flood of 1972. She was an avid Bridge player and a longtime member of the Bridge Club of Rapid City. She was also active in the March of Dimes Foundation. Once retired, Louis and Olive travelled the United States visiting all the state capitals. They were accomplished “rock hounds” and antique collectors, and their travels gave them ample opportunities to collect special treasures. Olive particularly enjoyed collecting unique rocks, jewelry, decorative eggs, and purple and cut glass. In 1979, they moved to make their home in East Wenatchee where Olive used her knack for creatively displaying their memorabilia to delight her granddaughters.
On October 10, 2004, Olive was preceded in death by her husband, Louis H. King. She was also preceded in death by her mother, who died in the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic; her father; sister Lucille Donahue; sister Fabiola Nepper, who died in childhood; and brother, Leo Nepper. Olive is survived by two sons and her daughter-in-law, Scott and Beverly King of East Wenatchee, and Michael L. King; three granddaughters, Amy (Zach) Williams of East Wenatchee, Elizabeth King of Wenatchee, and Kimberly (Eloy) Garcia of Snoqualmie, WA; five great-grandchildren, Carys Williams, Reise Williams, and Teagan Olive Williams, all of East Wenatchee, Cosette Bowen of Wenatchee, and Noemi Garcia of Snoqualmie, WA.
The family would like to express thanks to Blossom Valley Assisted Living and Blossom Creek Memory Care, and to Debi McDaniel for the loving care given to Olive.
A family scattering of Olive and Louis’s ashes will take place in the Badlands of South Dakota at a later date. You are invited to visit her tribute online at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com and leave a memory. Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.