VIRGIE MAE HILTON WAS BORN Feb. 1, 1910, in the Clay Hill community. King graduated from Aurora Hill School in 1928. Shewas planning to attend Southwest Missouri Teachers’ College in Springfield, but while her parents encouraged her with moral support, they were unable to offer much in the way of financial support. That didn’t stop King. For four years, she worked for room and board while she attended college and earned her degree in education.
King’s first teaching assignment was in Fairview, Mo., where she taught grades one through eight for one year. She then moved to Wilks School in Verona, Mo., for three years, where she also taught grades one through eight.
King was an active member of the Missouri Association of School Librarians and served as president in 1961-62. She offered help and encouragement to so many in her lifetime. Virgie King passed away in February 2001.