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Agnes Naomi Royer, 97, died Jan. 6, 2019, in Ketchikan.
She was born Agnes Naomi King on Nov. 20, 1921, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She moved to Ketchikan in 1948, and resided in Ketchikan for 71 years.
She was married to Howard Royer on Jan, 1, 1952, in Harrisburg.
She was employed as a bookkeeper at Talbot’s, Wingren’s and the Ketchikan Spruce Mill; and as a cashier at the Voyager book store and the Trading Post.
She was the KTKN radio station’s beloved “Story Lady” on the station’s “Fun for Kids” program every Saturday morning for more than 50 years.
“Agnes was always so happy to let her children and grandchildren read on the program,” her family writes. “And once, her cousin, who was visiting from Michigan, read on the program, too.”
Mrs. Royer was the organist and treasurer at the Presbyterian Church for 60 years, and served on the Session for several years.
She was honored by the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce with its Citizen of the Year award in 1984. She also was honored with the Meritorious Award from the Ketchikan Community College in 1983, the same year that she was named as an honorary member of the University of Alaska Alumni Association. The Alaska Legislature honored Mrs. Royer in 1991 for her dedicated service to the people of Alaska, and was honored with Ketchikan Gateway Borough proclamations in 2010 and 2018.
She enjoyed reading, doll collecting, playing organ and piano, and cake decorating.
“Agnes touched the lives of so many people doing what she loved to do, either at work, at home, at the radio station, or at church,” her family writes. “She will be greatly missed.”
Mrs. Royer was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lee Royer; parents, U.S. Grant King Sr. and Agnes King; brothers, U.S. Grant King Jr. and Thomas Charles King; and sister, Geraldine Mae King.
She is survived by her children, Shelley and Dave Gere of Kent, Washington, Timothy and Stormy Royer of Ketchikan, Julie and Mark Hutson of Ketchikan, and Rosemary and Dan Nelson of Ketchikan; and grandchildren, Devon and MJ Gere of Utah, Molly Royer of Wasilla, Carly (Kier) Royer of Ketchikan, and Matthew Perry of Spokane, Washington.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Ketchikan.