Karen “Kay” King

Karen “Kay” Naomi King, 48, passed away on May 13, 2022 in St Louis, MO surrounded by loved ones.

Kay was born in Fort Bragg, N.C. on February 13, 1974 to Thomas King of Peoria, IL and Ana Cecilia Dumbar of Colon, Panama. Eventually, her family would put roots down in Peoria where she would grow up with cousins, family, and lots of friends.

Those who knew her will remember Kay for her humility, kindness, witty sense of humor, and eternal smile. She had a special love for music, singing, the beach, hockey (especially the Peoria Rivermen and the St Louis Blues), and hanging out with her family and friends. She was a proud TSA employee and someone who could pinpoint the absurdity of every situation with a snappy wisecrack right up until the end. Kay never met a stranger and she handled any obstacle that came her way in life with wit and grace. She was a literal light in so many of our lives.

Kay was preceded in death by her grandparents and best friend, Mia, her beloved Great Dane. She is survived by her brother: David King; sister: Karen Dumbar (Aaron Jahil); nieces: Jacqueline King and Khadijha Jahil; and nephews: Colton King and Ibrahim Jahil. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the Children’s Home Association of Illinois. 

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 1:00-3:00 PM, at St. Louis Cremation, 2135 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis 63103.


  1. Jester on May 18, 2022 at 11:59 am

    My deepest sympathies to Kay’s close friends & family.

  2. Vicki Boisvert on May 18, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, how you will be missed by so many. Continued love and prayers to all of her loved ones. May you rest is peace until we all meet again. ❤️🙏🏻

  3. Kelly Jackson on May 18, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    You will be missed dearly. I will keep the fond memories of you always. Until we meet again old friend. Prayers and thoughts to all of her family and friends.

  4. You’re favorite! on May 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Prayers for all Kay’s friends and family!

    Kay, you will be missed
    I will think of you every time I see the lights flicker!
    Till next time Kay <3

  5. Mary Jackson on May 19, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I met Kay many years are when I was in foster care. She was always kind to me and then years later I would see her again at Sparky’s and we knew that it was met that we would always be friends. She will forever have a piece of my mind and soul. I am so sorry that this had to happen to such a kind soul. My heart goes out to her family.

  6. Sheila Childress on May 19, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I love you buddy. You will truly be missed. I will never forget our talks, laughs and prayers. Rest now my friend until we meet again. And blessings and condolences to the family and friends.

  7. Heather McNally on May 27, 2022 at 5:46 am

    So many memories, smiles and so much laughter. The greates memory was when she gave my mother the nickname of “pinky” after she got a tattoo of a flamingo on the side of her knee. It stuck with her for the rest of her life. Until we meet again my friend. Many prayers of love and support to the family.

  8. Audrey on May 27, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I have nothing but great memories of K. We had some awesome times when we all hung out. Everyone gravitated towards K because of her natural optimism. She is and will always be forever missed by any of us who were fortunate to meet her💔❤️

  9. Shannon Fallen on May 29, 2022 at 11:00 am

    My prayers and thoughts are with Kay’s friends and family at this difficult time. I’m glad I had the opportunity to know her from work. She was a Rockstar.

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