Obituary of Marylee King, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

June 12, 2017

Sister Marylee King, SCN, formerly Sister George Cecilia King, 87, a native of Topeka, Kansas, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, on June 11, 2017. Sister had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 65 years.

Sister served as a teacher in elementary education at St. Thomas More School in Louisville, from 1952-1959; in secondary education at Owensboro Catholic High in Owensboro, KY, from 1959-61 and at Our Lady of Nazareth Academy in Wakefield, MA, from 1961-65.

After receiving her doctorate in Theology from Catholic University in 1970, Sister taught at Spalding College, later Spalding University, in Louisville from 1970-85. Sister Marylee then did research at the Jewish-Christian Dialogue Center in Rome from January till April 1985, followed by three months as College Instructor in Theology at Ecce Homo in Jerusalem. Sister then returned to Spalding University where she served until May 1988. Sister then again served for three months at Ecce Homo in Jerusalem. From August 1988 until May 1996, Sister Marylee served at Spalding University as Professor of Theology. From 1996 until 2009, Sister Marylee was part-time Instructor in Religion and Spirituality at Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville. Since that time, Sister has served in the Apostolate of Prayer.

Sister is survived by a sister, Patricia King Nevins of Estero, FL, by her religious community, and by the many persons whose lives she touched.

Visitation will be held at Nazareth Home, Louisville from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Nazareth Home at 11 a.m. There will be a short Prayer Service in St. Vincent Church, Nazareth, KY, later that day, followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. Memorials may be made to Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.


  1. janelle fitzpatrick

    I was telling a friend about Dr. King and how much I learned from her when earning my Bachelor’s and doing Master’s work in Religious Studies at Spalding. I then decided to look her up, and saw she had dies recently. She could make you feel your brain expand while in her classes. She was a top notch instructor.

  2. David Brown

    I was privileged to take “the letters of St Paul” under Dr King in 1989. She was easily the most charismatic lecturer I have experienced. She was tough but her great depth of spirituality made the class an amazing experience. Rest with God dear sister.


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