Clarice Mae King


Clarice Mae King, age 91, of Renville, died Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Renville.  The Rev. Jane Crawford will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville.  Visitation will be on Tuesday one hour prior to the services at the church.  Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Renville, MN.

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Clarice Mae King was born on November 24, 1929, in Danube, Minnesota to Harold P. and Hazel M. (Peterson) Snicker.   She attended Renville County Country School, Bird Island Public Schools, and Olivia High School.  She had a 9th grade education and attended a dressmaking course.  She was united in marriage to Melvin Ray King on July 11, 1949, in Willmar, Minnesota. Following their marriage, they lived in Renville. In 1953, they moved to a farm south of Renville and lived there until moving back into Renville in 1989. Clarice worked at the RenVilla Nursing Home for many years.  She loved gardening, sewing, embroidery, jigsaw puzzles, playing Bingo, and watching her grandchildren play. Clarice was a longtime active member of First Lutheran Church in Renville.

She is survived by her daughters and sons:  Charlotte Juaire of Cottage Grove, Merlin (and Suzanne) King of Alexandria, Marlys (and Kevin) Van Nevel of Sauk Rapids, Brenda (and Dean) Koenen of Marshall, Gregory (and Cathy) King of Marshall, Vincent (and Patricia) King of Spicer, Rhonda Houdek of Renville, and Debra King of Minneapolis; 17 grandchildren: Jeannette Riedel, Mike and Mark Juaire, Nicole King,  Michelle Solwold, Christopher Van Nevel, Stephanie Conateh, Derek and Ryan Koenen, Joshua King, Cassie McGuire, Ashley Nelson, Amanda Houdek, Eric, Tori, and Cody King, and Deanna Smith;  and  14 great grandchildren: Audrey Juaire, Connor and Aaron Van Nevel, Keith Conateh, Maisy and Decker Koenen, Colton and Kiona Koenen, Tyler and Cole McGuire, Mallory, Jason III, and Graham Nelson, and Ezekiel Burr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin and her brother Lowell, and sisters Arlette and Marillyn, and son-in-law Mike Houdek.