Priscilla King

Obituary of Priscilla "Joanie" King

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Priscilla Joan Philpot was born on January 2, 1950, in Athens, Alabama. She was one of two children born from the union of Lester and Edna (Rogers) Philpot. After graduating from Maumee High School, Joanie obtained her associate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo. This achievement allowed her the opportunity to proudly become the first female electrician at the Chrysler automotive company. 

Born with a fierce determination, she was never one to conform to societal expectations. She firmly believed in living life on her own terms, fearlessly following her passions and charting her own path. A proud fan of the University of Michigan, herunwavering support for the maize and blue knew no bounds.

Motorcycles were Joanie’s freedom on wheels, and she cherished the thrill of the road. As the proud owner of two Harley Davidsons, she felt an unmatched exhilaration with the wind in her hair and the rumble of the engine beneath her. The annual bike week at Daytona Beach, Florida, held a special place in her heart as she relished the camaraderie and shared passion with fellow riders from all walks of life.

When she wasn't conquering the asphalt, she found solace on the serene waters of Lake Erie and Sturgeon Lake. Offshore boat racing became one of her beloved pastimes, where she could channel her love for speed into breathtaking moments of adrenaline. The challenges of the waves only fueled her spirit and determination, always pushing herself to go further and faster.

When she sought the company of kindred spirits, Joanieassembled with a group of women who shared her love for adventure. Gathered at the Knotty Pine bar in Toledo, they formed an unbreakable bond while engaging in lively games of Keno and shuffleboard. These women, formerly her Jeep people, became her second family, offering support, laughter, and cherished memories.

Her love extended beyond the realm of human companionship. Carly and Subi, her feline companions, were not just pets but cherished family members. These two cats, inherited by default from a relative, brought immeasurable joy and companionship into her life.

Per Joanie’s wishes, no services are planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, Erie; 9156 Summit Street, Erie, Michigan 48133 (734) 317-7199.  Cremation has taken place through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan. 

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