Kauai pioneer descendant was devoted volunteer
Edith King Wilcox / 1916-2007
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Edith King Wilcox, a community volunteer and descendant of early Kauai settlers, died Saturday at Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue. She was 90.
King Wilcox was the great-granddaughter of Godfrey Wundenberg, an early settler in Hanalei and treasurer of the Hawaiian kingdom.
Her friends knew her as someone who worked hard behind the scenes, allowing others to take credit.
"Edie, in her quiet way, never wanted to be in the limelight," said longtime friend Nancy Goodale. "She said she was not a leader, but a follower, yet she got a lot done."
King Wilcox was a longtime volunteer at gift shops at Wilcox Hospital and the Kauai Museum. She also helped get a new church built for St. Michael and All Angels Church in Lihue.
King Wilcox also ran a nursery business from her greenhouse in Lihue, exporting bird of paradise seedlings to the mainland to raise money for her church, said her nephew Thomas King of Kilauea.
She was a strong woman who was interested in everything, King added.
King Wilcox is predeceased by daughter Deborah Wilcox Pratt. She is survived by daughters Pamela W. Dohrman and Judith W. King, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
King Wilcox's memorial service will be at Lihue Cemetery at 4 p.m. Monday. A reception will follow at Grove Farm Homestead.
The family asks that no flowers be sent. Donations in her name may be made to Wilcox Health Foundation or St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church.