Edie McVay King\r\n1945 - 2022\r\n\r\nWaterville - Edie M. King, 76, passed way peacefully with her loving family at her side at Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine on February 14, 2022. Edie was born on May 13, 1945, in Providence, Rhode Island. She moved to Sedgewick, Maine at the age of 9. Edie attended public schools and graduated in 1963 from George Stevens Academy. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1967 with a degree in Bacteriology. She worked for the State of Maine Public Health Lab for 25 years as a microbiologist. \r\n\tUpon Edie's retirement her and her husband Louis became active in the UMO Community including the Edith Path Society, Kennebec Valley Alumni, UMaine Foundation and Alumni Association. She sponsored three annual scholarships for students in Microbiology. She was a MES member.\r\n\tLocally Edie belonged to the Waterville and Augusta Garden Clubs and the Waterville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She also supported the arts as a member of the Waterville Opera House. \r\n\tEdie could find something in common with anyone and often engaged in conversations with perfect strangers. She had many hobbies. She was a lover of flowers with Lilies being her favorite. She curated an extensive insect collection and had her own home laboratory. She collected German Steins and Black Bears.\r\n\tEdie is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Louis (Louie) C. King; her 4 step children, Cathy Simpson of Glenburn, Susan Bishop of Howland, Bethany Henderson (Thomas) of Guelph, Ontario, and Mary Ward of Bangor; sister, Jeanette Gray of Blue Hill; three brothers, Norman (Gib) McVay of Hampden, Raymond (Pudgy) McVay of Sedgwick and Bryan McVay of Brooksville; sister in laws, Brenda Stilphen and Lelia LaChance; she is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. \r\n\tEdie was predeceased by her parents, Gilbert and Norina (Norma) McVay.\r\n\tEdie will be dearly missed by all who loved her. The family would like to thank the staff at Northern Lights Inland Hospital Comfort Care unit for their compassionate care for Edie.\r\nVisiting hours will be held from 2PM-3PM on Monday, February 28, 2022, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine. A short service will be held at 3PM. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home. An online guestbook may be signed, and condolences shared at www.gallantfh.com.\r\n\tIn lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following charities:\r\nHumane Society Waterville Area, 100 Webb Road, Waterville, Maine, 04901.\r\nThe Home for Little Wanderers, 93 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine, 04901.