Bernadine (Bernie) King closed her eyes for the last time on Saturday, April 26, 2014. She faced cancer with optimism and hope. Bernie was born November 17, 1939 in Williams, Iowa to Bernard Arends and Iva Alberta Hara Arends. She learned to work hard as a farm girl, where, as she liked to recount, she was "scolded in the summer if she had her shoes on and in the winter if she had them off." Despite her short stature, she played on the girls' basketball team, which is a testament to her determination.