Patricia Grace “Pat” Hilton King, 88, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Virginia Beach General Hospital. Pat was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was the daughter of Mr. Augustus Hilton and Mrs. Grace Hilton.
Pat was a member of the 1950 graduating class of Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic City. Before that, she attended Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Atlantic City for grades 1-8 and graduated there in 1946.
Pat was a model and an actress. She was featured in many magazines, including Esquire. As a stage actress, she was a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and a cast member of the Atlantic City Playhouse.
Her first title was Miss Steel Pier of 1947, where she helped officiate the Easter weekend opening of the pier. This marked the pier’s 50th anniversary. She was Miss Mermaid 1949, bearing the “key to the Atlantic Ocean.” This signified the summer season had begun and the Atlantic Ocean was officially “unlocked.” At 19, Pat was the runner up in the Miss Atlantic City pageant in 1950. She was Miss Autumn that fall. As a radio personality, she worked at WBAB and the Daily World News. Later in her career, she worked at Christian Broadcasting Network in Chesapeake.
Pat was a beautiful woman, both inside and out. She was also kind, loving and dedicated to her family. On Aug. 31, 1952, she married her handsome Naval fighter pilot husband, Ogden Doremus King. They had four children. She was a generous woman and well respected and loved by all who knew her. She touched many through her kindness.
Pat is survived by her four children, Gay King, Ogden King, Kathryn King and Paul King; grandchildren, Devin King, and his wife, Britney King, Hailey Avillanoza, and her husband, Jonah Avillanoza, Christopher King and John King; great-grandchildren, Mary, Delilah and Georgia King; daughters of Devin and Britney, and Oakley King; daughter of Christopher King and Khalisha Pledger; sister, Corrine Rosenbloom, and her husband, Danny Rosenbloom, of Linwood, New Jersey, and their daughter, Cheryl Phillips, of Port St. Lucie, Florida.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church with burial to follow in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery.
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