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TRAPNELL, Elizabeth Sellman

TRAPNELL, Elizabeth Sellman[1]

Female 1921 - 2014  (93 years)

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  • Name TRAPNELL, Elizabeth Sellman 
    Born 5 Jun 1921  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Obituary From Port City Daily:

    Whether she was stationed in a foreign country or chose to travel with her family, Elizabeth Trapnell King, known as Bettie to her friends and family, was always on the go. She brought home plenty of “knick-knacks” over the years like little fans and pottery, but there was one artifact she never left a city without: a postcard.

    Mrs. King, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was 93.

    Mrs. King and her husband bonded over their love of traveling and, because of his career in the U.S. Marine Corps, she and her family explored the different states and countries where he was stationed. Most fondly remembered by her daughter, Ginger Wells, are the two years she spent in the Philippine Islands.

    Mrs. Wells remembers taking the ferry across to Manila in the Philippines with her mother to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Mrs. King took her children to see where the Bataan Death March was held during WWII, traded sweaters for unique hand-carved wooden sculptures and traveled in brightly painted military jeeps to buy papayas and mangoes.

    Mrs. Wells said most of the learning she and her siblings had was done through experience, saying “we did things we couldn’t learn in a book.” Her parents’ love of traveling helped her appreciate other cultures.

    Mrs. King and her husband continued traveling throughout their lives, exploring all over the United States and abroad. They participated in Elderhostels, including once staying at a convent where they learned about food and its preparation.

    “It wasn’t just touring beautiful sights, it was also learning neat off-the-wall things,” Mrs. Wells said.

    Mrs. Wells said her mother continued to thrive in her love of adventure in her older years. She enjoyed sailing with her son at Masonboro Island, climbing aboard a 14-foot sailboat and collecting shells.

    The one artifact Mrs. King never came home without was a postcard. Sometimes she’d write to her children and send them home; other times, she simply purchased a postcard with a photo of where they’d been to bring home and show her family.

    In honor of her traveling, Mrs. King’s granddaughter, Christy Shi, is putting together a map for her funeral service. Using ribbons attached to the postcards collected over the years, Ms. Shi will highlight all the places Mrs. King visited throughout her life.

    She was born June 5, 1921, in Baltimore, the daughter of the late Joseph Trapnell, III and Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell and was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Lt. Col. William Joseph King; brothers, Joseph Trapnell, IV “Trap” and Dr. Henry R. Trapnell; son, Richard W. King; and grandson, Jason Wells.

    Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. J. Stephen Shi (Betsy), of Alto, Ga. and Mrs. Robert J. Wells, Jr. (Ginger), of Hampstead; son, James T. King, of Chicago; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at St John’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington. Interment will follow at the Hallock Memorial Garden adjacent to the church. Family will receive friends immediately after in Elebash Hall.

    The family wishes to thank her wonderful team of caregivers for their special love and care that enabled her to remain in the comfort of her own home as her health declined and the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice, where she spent her final days.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church – Hallock Memorial Garden, 1219 Forest Hills Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403 or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.  [2
    Religion Episcopal  [3
    Residence 1930  Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 2009  Wilmington, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 2 Sep 2014  Wilmington, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I1030  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2015 

    Father TRAPNELL, Joseph,   b. 22 Apr 1898, Yonkers, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1963, Baltimore, MD, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother WOOLLEN, Elizabeth Sellman,   b. 17 May 1898, 'Oakwood' Harwood, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1979, New Hanover, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1920  St. James Church, Tracy's Landing, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F410  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KING, Lt. Col. William Joseph,   b. 27 Apr 1916, Annapolis, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1997, Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1944  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell - William J King Wedding Invitation 1944
    Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell - William J King Wedding Invitation 1944
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Trapnell III
    announce the marriage of their daughter
    Elizabeth Sellman
    to
    Major William J. King
    United States Marine Corps Reserve
    on Friday the eighth of December
    nineteen hundred and forty four
    Church of the Redeemer
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Children 
     1. KING, Richard Weems,   b. 11 Feb 1946, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 2012, Kinston, Lenoir, NC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     2. KING, Elizabeth Sellman
     3. KING, Virginia Parrett
     4. KING, James Trapnell
    Photos
    William+Elizabeth+King
    William+Elizabeth+King
    From Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell Port City Daily obituary, 10 Sep 2014
    Documents
    Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell - William J King Wedding Invitation 1944
    Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell - William J King Wedding Invitation 1944
    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Trapnell III
    announce the marriage of their daughter
    Elizabeth Sellman
    to
    Major William J. King
    United States Marine Corps Reserve
    on Friday the eighth of December
    nineteen hundred and forty four
    Church of the Redeemer
    Baltimore, Maryland
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F422  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jun 1921 - Baltimore, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Dec 1944 - Baltimore, MD Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2009 - Wilmington, NC, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Sep 2014 - Wilmington, NC, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    ElizabethTrapnellKing
    ElizabethTrapnellKing
    From Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell Port City Daily obituary, 10 Sep 2014

  • Sources 
    1. [S72] Joseph Trapnell Descendants, Frederica Holmes Trapnell, (1964).

    2. [S641] Remembering Elizabeth Trapnell King, 93, fueled her adventurous nature by traveling the world.

    3. [S641] Remembering Elizabeth Trapnell King, 93, fueled her adventurous nature by traveling the world, A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014, at St John's Episcopal Church, Wilmington, NC.

    4. [S17] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002), Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.T626, 2,667 rolls. Baltimore, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland, ED 665, roll 869, page , image 1074.0.

    5. [S302] Updates to James Trapnell KING data, Elizabeth Sellman King Shi, Mother Elizabeth Sellman Trapnell King still living in Wilmington -> NC age 88.

    6. [S641] Remembering Elizabeth Trapnell King, 93, fueled her adventurous nature by traveling the world, Mrs. King, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. She was 93.-.




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