Elsie Joanne "Jody" King
October 24, 1947  -  September 6, 2017

Elsie Joanne "Jody" King

Jody King(Elsie Joanne King) left our sides quietly on the morning of September 6, 2017 at her home with loved ones in Ruidoso.

Her family and friends embrace and celebrate her life as an artist, a teacher, a sailor, a caregiver, a musician and and as a nationally ranked maters swimmer. She graced us all with abundant laughter, love and joy. Jody never stopped reaching out to inspire or help others. She was brave beyond words.

Jodys family and friends celebrate a woman that added brilliant color and light to their lives. Thank you Jody, there will always be a place set for you at our table.

She is survived by her siblings, Shiela Loggins of Wilton, CT., Marcia R. King of Ruidoso, NM, Sharon Clark of Oklahoma City, OK, Clyde A. "Pat" King of Rockwall, TX and Mimi Erskine of Sebastian, FL.


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  1. Shanna Tucker
    Killeen, TX

    I am so sorry for the loss of such an amazing person. Jody was a huge influence for me in developing my work as an artist. She was always kind and patient as a teacher. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Jim Rambo
    Waco, TX

    I met Jody when she taught art with fierce enthusiasm at McLennan College in Waco. Her artistry was unique and truly moved the soul when viewed. We have several of her pieces, one she kindly gave to my wife. Jody loved her students intensely and even got them to do hands on work in Art Appreciation. Jody was a beautiful soul. May you rest peacefully as you experience the artistic beauty of heaven, Jody.

  3. Margo Lalich
    Cannon Beach, OR

    I just love this picture of Jody!

    Jody was a part of our family life for nearly 22 years. Most importantly, she offered my son Lujac now 25 years old his first art studio. We met Jody when she lived in Cannon Beach. She was the artist-in-residence at the Cannon Beach Children Center. Lujac, age 3 or 4 immediately bonded with Jody. He was a creative, forever curious, and fearless of adult company. Jody asked me if she could take Lujac to her studio once a week to explore art. They became fast friends. Jody moved away, but did not forget Lujac. Once she settled in Texas she asked if Lujac could visit? Absolutely! So, slightly older, but not much Lujac would board a plane to Texas for a week or more. I think this occurred 2 or 3 summers. What an AMAZING time they shared! Jody kept a diary of their every day adventures along with photos. Lujac would return home with wild and crazy stories. The years past and we fell out of contact. Then, Jody re-appeared with a phone call, a long letter or two, and a packet for Lujac who was now at college studying architecture. The packet was a copy of their journals. We've been in touch ever since. I credit Jody for providing him with his first studio and the support to be creative without inhibition. Summer camp with Jody was never forgotten: the places, characters, and stories. Lujac lives in NYC as a designer/architect. During Jody's illness I was able to send her images and audio recordings of a beach she loved. I appreciated her frequent text both encouraging and discouraging. She sent us photos too. And then, I woke one morning to a text, "I have one month to live. I love you." I have pondered those words every day since. Thank you Jody for your life, your most interesting life, the rare, but long phone chats, for being a sage to Lujac, for reconnecting despite the years, for sharing your courage and creativity with the world, and for inspiring us to challenge ourselves despite our age. You will remain with us in memory and spirit. Thank you, thank you, thank you. P.S. There is photo of Lujac during one of his visits with you building a model in his senior year book.

  4. Karen Finkelstein
    Albuquerque, NM

    I had the honor of knowing Jodi these past few months. The strength and grace with which she faced her cancer was inspirational. I am a stronger and better person for knowing her and will wear my gold leaf lotus flower necklace with sincere sadness of her loss and peace that she is in a better place.

  5. Victor Gomez
    Dallas, TX

    Dear Jody, you blew in briefly into my life but like with many you left your beautiful impression. Such vision and creativity and zest for life! You have now moved on to share that creativity and talent in the next plane, God speed my friend. I will cherish the beautiful necklace you gave me and think of you often. Much love! My condolences to your family, Peace

  6. Carlyn Bray Moyer
    St Augustine, Florida, FL

    Dear family,
    I was so saddened to learn of Jody's death. i had hoped to visit with her in early October. I was a friend of Jody in grade school. I lived down Westshore Blvd from your home. I never had a sister but Jody was as close as you get to one at that age, although she had many! I remember sailing in the boat that drifted up to your house, swimming in Al Lopez's swimming pool and riding our bikes together. I also remember talking and sharing dreams.
    I moved away and then you all moved away. When my family returned to Tampa from new Orleans, i could not find her. But she found me in Atlanta when i was newly married and we talked. She found me again recently and we had much to talk about. I was looking forward to continuing our stories in October. My prayers and wishes for the family are that your grief not be long as Jody is again whole. But i am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful champion.

  7. Jennifer
    San Francisco, CA

    I met Jody through her art (I own two wonderful pieces by her). I came to enjoy her company with a few friends when I lived in Waco. She was warm, interesting, friendly, and so very creative. She was also wonderfully encouraging to others and brave. She will be missed.

  8. jean Leverenz
    Alto, NM

    Dear Jody, After a long swim and a lifetime of creative work, May You Rest In Peace. I know they've saved you a lane; the elevation is high, so pace yourself.
    Mikey will be golfing somewhere close by. According to your obituary you passed on Michael's birthday -- a date special to my heart! Your friend JC!
    P.S. I hope there are rocking chairs in Heaven!

  9. Dee Joyner

    You walked this earth spreading beauty and love. I am forever richer for knowing you.

  10. Sheila Farquer
    Ruidoso, NM

    I pray that you find peace in the fact that Jody no longer has to fight any battle, especially cancer, comfort in your beautiful memories of her, and joy in the knowledge that she is at rest with our Heavenly Father.

    She was a blessing in my life, stopping by my office any time she was on the Ruidoso campus - just to say hello. Our last visit, only 2 weeks ago, ended with a prayer and a hug as I walked with her to the front door of the building. Her courage and strength will inspire me always.

  11. Brenda Griffey
    Waco, TX

    I met Jody many years ago at an art show in Hico, Texas. I fell in love with her unique art work and jewelry and her open, loving personality. I bought my first piece of jewelry from her then. I looked forward to seeing Jody and her new designs at the annual Waco ArtsFest. I have many pieces of her jewelry and art work, which I treasure. Jody was a unique talent and a loving, courageous person. I'm honored that our paths crossed in this life.

  12. Terry Gibson
    Waxahachie, TX

    I am so sorry to hear that Jody passed away! She taught at Navarro College for a few semesters, and the students loved her. My condolences go out to her friends and family.


    Terry Gibson

  13. Arnold Duke
    Rockville, MD

    Jody was an honest person that didn't tell you what you wanted to here, but what was really on her mind! Although our friendship was brief it was real!

  14. Kathleen Erickson
    Omaha, NE

    Jody brought so much creativity and talent to the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony, NM. She is a brave, adventurous and loving spirit, and I'm so sorry to learn of her death. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

  15. Michele Landis
    , TX

    Jody selflessly poured herself into my life over three years ago, and with the help of Him, truly saved my life. God sent her to me and I will forever be blessed to have known her.

  16. Martina Filerio
    Anthony, NM

    Rest in peace Jody. Thank you for your volunteer work in Anthony, NM. I treasure the beautiful necklaces you made and the yoga poses you taught me.

  17. Martina Filerio
    Anthony, NM

    Rest in peace Jody. Thank you for your volunteer work in Anthony, NM. I treasure the beautiful necklaces you made and the yoga poses you taught me.

  18. Delia Gomez
    El Pso, TX

    Jody, your gentle yet powerfully strong spirit remains with us in so may ways.
    I thank you for your friendship, your service to others, and your incredible creativity. Your art has a moving, mystical quality that touched, and continues to touch, a deep part of us. I treasure the those sacred objects you left behind with me, but most of all I treasure having known you. I will miss you.
    My condolences to the Marcia, and all the family. Delia

  19. Kaelin Jossart
    Ruidoso, NM

    Jody was an inspiring and engaging teacher who was well-loved by her students and colleagues at ENMU-Ruidoso, and her loss is deeply felt by all. It was genuinely a pleasure to work with her over the past year, and she will be missed!

  20. Kate
    Ruidoso, NM

    Remembering with love...

  21. Brenda Berryhill
    Ruidoso, NM

    I only had the pleasure of knowing Jody for about 8 months, but in that time, she left a beautiful and indelible mark on my life. A wonderful, loving spirit gone far too soon. I love you and miss you so much already Jody. Just keep swimming!

  22. Homer Peters
    Ruidoso, NM

    Always my friend, a loss to all who knew her.

  23. Leslie Blaie
    Vero Beach,

    I never met Jody but know how much her family will miss her. Seeing her photo, I think What a beautiful smile and kind eyes. Reading about her, I'm inspired by one more person who brought happiness to others even when she herself was suffering. Best thoughts and prayers to all the family.

  24. Judy Pekelsma
    Capitan, NM

    I am so sorry. Jody was an inspiration in her art and spirit. Rest in peace!

  25. Cheryl Moore
    Ruidoso, NM

    My condolences to Jody's family. Jody you were such a support to me as we both went through treatment. I will continue to wear the wonderful necklace you made as I battle cancer. I will miss - God Speed. Love, Cheryl

  26. Coleen Widell
    Jackson, MS

    There are so many things I admired about you, Ms. Jody. At the top of that list was your love of family and friends. I was always so appreciative you considered me part of the family (since Marcia & Kathryn first welcomed me) and I loved it very much that you still stayed in touch even after I moved to Mississippi. I will always treasure the art you did for me - it is still hanging in my bathroom - the piece you made of the many things you found alongside a roadway and then created the beautiful story on canvas. It was a skill of which I am still impressed. Your left many amazing gifts in this world, Jody. I am glad I got to be part of your life. Enjoy the next leg of your journey and go in peace. You are loved...and missed. ❤️ C

  27. Hazel Ray ( Willie A.
    Whitney, TX

    Forevermore I love you my friend .Giant smiles.. warm vibes & laughter~

  28. Matthew C Erskine
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

  29. Mary Ellen & Douglas Hunsicker
    Ruidoso, NM

    The RAC pool won't be the same without you. May you find the perfect pool and have eternal happiness. Godspeed, Jody.

  30. Melissa Haynes
    Capitan, NM

    Going to miss your great hugs & smiles in the mornings Jody. I will treasure your memory & our friendship!

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