Dorothy Ruth King (nee Vaters)

November 8, 1926 to August 26, 2023


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Passed peacefully away on August 26, 2023, at the age of 96. Predeceased by her parents Eugene and Jenny Vaters, her husband Robert T. King, and son Robert V. King.

Leaving to mourn her son Keith (Jean) and daughter Denise (Robert); grandchildren Naomi King-Cochrane (Ben), Bethany, Robert, Eliza, Brittany, and Brandon King; great grandchildren Robert and Hannah Cochrane; brother Albert and wife Anita Vaters; sisters in law Yvonne and Beulah Vaters, as well as a large circle of family and friends.

A loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Dorothy was also a teacher at Eugene Vaters Academy until her retirement and left a lasting impact on many students’ lives who still speak fondly of her to this day.

Dorothy was a devoted member of Bethesda Pentecostal Church and introduced the idea of the Annual Singing Christmas Tree at Bethesda. Her faith in God was evident in every part of her life.  She was a prayer warrior and an exemplary model of Christian kindness and love.

She took great pleasure in her gardening which was evident by her front yard flower garden and especially enjoyed picking berries with her grandchildren.

The family would like to give special thanks to the Hillcrest Estates team that cared for her so lovingly over the past few years. Also, thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Health Science Centre during her final days.

The family will be accepting visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, September 1, 2023.  Funeral Service will be held at the Bethesda Pentecostal Church 1 Escasoni Place on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at 11:00am.  Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Flowers will be graciously accepted, or a donation can be made in Dorothy’s name to the Canadian Red Cross, at 17 Major’s Path, St. John’s, A1A 4Z9.

Please note that Carnell’s is a nut free building, due to a staff member with a severe allergy. Thank you for your understanding.



2-4 p.m. on September 1, 2023

7-9 p.m. on September 1, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Saturday September 2nd

Bethesda Pentecostal Church


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Keith and family,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking about you all during this difficult time. Please cherish the many lovely memories you have of your mom and look forward to a wonderful reunion some day.
Isa 43:2.

To: Keith & Family, Denise and Family, Vaters Family

From: Lorraine (nee Manuel) & Pastor William Bowering

So sorry to hear of Mrs King’s passing., a gentle, godly lady who loved her Lord and was open to being used of God with her many talents, and who touched many lives during her lifetime. She was a family friend for 60+ years, and I have fond memories of times together visiting each other’s homes throughout these years. . Mom and Dad travelled with them to a world conference one year, making some wonderful memories, and my Mom often reflected on how much she enjoyed this trip together.

She was always so welcoming and I well remember how in August 1972 I drove from Stephenville to St. John’s with the King family to go to university and stayed at their home for several weeks until I was able to find a boarding house. She would always touch base with me to see how I was doing. When Mom and Dad were going through cancer she was a caring and loving friend who opened her home to them not only in good times but also in times of need.

Fondly remembered and never forgotten. A gift of love and blessing to those who knew her. May the God of comfort sustain and keep you in this time of loss. Cherish the memories and know that we do not mourn as those who have no hope for though she is absent from the body she is now present with the Lord, awaiting the resurrection and the uniting of the body and soul to be changed into our immortal bodies in the twinkling of an eye.

Be assured our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days that lie ahead. ❤️🙏

To Keith and family, and Denise and family.
Your parents were close friends of my parents from the time of their youth. My brother, Wayne was the ring bearer at your parents wedding. Your parents were our loved and treasured pastors in Stephenville, Newfoundland in the 1950’s. And we as a family have honoured and respected them ever since. Please accept out since sympathy on your mother’s passing, and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Vaughn Harbin for the family of the late Victor and Alma (Laite) Harbin

To Keith and Jean, and family, Albert and Anita and family and grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and all extended family.
It is indeed a privilege to have known Dorothy and also to have taught with her at Vaters Academy. She was a devoted teacher to her students and was interested in each one of them. Her godly life influenced on each staff member and student over her teaching career. was certainly noticed.. It was not unusual for the staff to gather as a group to have special prayer for a student or staff member and she would not miss an occasion.
May God’s comfort and peace give you strength to carry on her legacy until you are reunited. Love, Clayton and Ruth

Dorothy Vaters King was a life time friend. She and my Mom were friends before either were married. I was privileged to be her flower girl when she married the love of her life. Then we became colleagues and friends when we both taught at Vaters Academy.. Melvin and I send our condolences and prayers to all her family.

To Keith, Albert, Denise and the extended King and Vaters families:

We were saddened to learn of Dorothy’s passing. We have known Dorothy since Ruth’s association with the Vaters family from childhood.

When Dorothy moved to Long Term Care it was Gerry’s privileged to visit her on a weekly basis. These visits would entail prayer and a lively conversation on the coming of the Lord. Sometimes she would include comments from various pastors who had visited her father as General Superintendent. The conversations always ended with “according to my father.”

Be assured of our prayers during this time.

So sad to hear of the passing of a good neighbour and former teacher! Thinking of you.

Love you Aunt Dorothy! Her door was always open and she was awesome to me and so many others! A wonderful woman of God and dearly loved. See ya in heaven Aunt Dorothy!

To Keith and family,
So very sorry for the loss of your dear mom. I have many fond memories of her during my time in St. Johns and Bethesda. I recall the many times having tea at your house along with my mom.

May the God of all comfort sustain you and fill you with many precious memories of a life well lived.

Dear Keith, Jean and family,

We have known Mrs. Dorothy King for the past forty–two years as a loving, caring and fearless individual, who always loved and cared for God’s people. My daughter, Grace, adores and respects her for the time she spent on her and the other students to communicate and transmt all what she could give as an elementary school teacher. We have also been close friends with her sharing her hospitality and friendship over the past so many years. She has helped us to stand for the right irrespective of the oppositions and criticisms we may face. We thank and honour her for her Christian life and service. Though it is a great loss for the family, I know it is a great blessing to God since she will be serving God with the same care, love and respect she bestowed on others here below on the earth.

Keith and family. I am sorry for your loss and send heartfelt condolence. Thankfully we have the blessed hope of knowing her again in heaven .
She was a blessing to so many people and a great example of a true Christian life.

To Mrs. Vaters’s family

We are thinking of you at this time. Sister Kings was a strong lady, especially in her faith.

May the Lord comfort you with the great memories and the assurance that the Blessed Hope will soon be our reality and we shall be reunited with Christ, to enjoy His presence forever.

Fred and Gloria Stacey
Kingston, Ontario

I new Mrs. King. She was my wonderful grade 5 school teacher. She was always kind, softly spoken and tender hearted her entire life. She loved Jesus with a passion and genuinely pursued the power of the Holy Spirit. I have great comfort in her passing knowing I will see her again in heaven. The family with all its Christian heritage awaits the same. That said there is still a grievance period . I wish God’s great comforter comforter to be with them all

Keith & family.
Sending our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother. She was a very kind and compassionate lady with a special warm smile, and her family and her faith meant the world to her. It’s never easy losing a loved one, but rest assured she will always be with you. Thinking of you as you celebrate her life.

Keith and Family
We were sorry to read of your Moms passing … she was a beautiful lady . Our thoughts are with you all.. Love and Prayers
Darlene and Ple

Keith & family.
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful lady and always took time to make you feel welcomed.. We enjoyed our chats together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Keith and family
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I pray the peace of God be with you during this time. Your Mom was a beautiful Christian woman whose faith and trust in God was evident in the way she lived her life. Thinking and praying for you all at this time.

Keith and family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom. She was my grade 4 teacher back in 1974 and I still think of her fondly. My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. I’m sure your Mom is hearing ‘well done thy good & faithful servant’.

Keith and family
So sorry to hear about your mom! She was a great example to us and lived as she believed with her full trust in God! Be assured our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..
Bob and Gertie Baker

Jean, Keith and Family my deepest condolences to you all. Find comfort in your memories as those are what will keep her with you forever. I know from Jean speaking so highly of Mrs. King you have many wonderful memories to hold on to. Big hugs to you all.

Grade 4 1986 this beautiful women changed my life. She wasn’t only a teacher she was a friend, her heart was so big and so full of love for everyone that knew her. God knew what he was doing when he called this beautiful soul home to be his angle. I know she has blessed many people in her life time me being one of them at such a young age. Rest in peace Mrs. King and my thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Keith, Jean and family: We extend sincere condolences to you on the passing of your Mom. May you find peace and comfort in the many cherished memories you have of her..
Boyd and Ethel Richards

Keith, Jean & family;

Sorry for the loss of your dear Mom who you were blessed to have in your life for so long but that meant more memories were created. Be assured of our love, thoughts & prayers at this physical separation but thankful for the hope we have of seeing our loved ones again.

Nath Vaters
Donna Vaters Pilot

Jean and Keith,
Sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family

Keith, Denise and families:
Condolences to you all in your great loss.
Your Mom, and my Mom, were childhood friends who treasured their relationship to the end of their lives. As the children of Pioneer Pentecostal
Pastors, they had many opportunities to spend time together – especially during annual Conventions.
Mom & I were delighted to spend time with your Mom at Hillcrest; and I enjoyed seeing their excitement at recalling childhood memories and their interest in discussing life events.
They have left us with a strong heritage of faith and knowledge of God’s miracles.
May God grant you peace, as you adjust your lives in the absence of your Mom’s physical presence.
Claudette (Boyd) Coombs

Keith and family,
So very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a well infiormed, caring and compassionate lady and it was always a delight to have a conversation with her. I am sure she will be greatly missed in the days and months to come, but take comfort in a life well lived and a hope that is the promise of her faith.

So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family.

Keith, Jean and family, I am sorry to hear about the recent passing of Mrs. King. My thoughts, and prayers are with you at this time. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow. Sending my condolences.

Jean and Keith, I am sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts and prayers.