Iona M. “Dolly” Shoemake

94, of Naubinway, died Sunday morning February 4, 2024 at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique.

Born November 28, 1929 on the family homestead in Engadine, daughter of the late Emmet Sr. and Genevieve (Belleville) Vallier, Dolly was a 1948 graduate of Engadine High School.

Dolly worked at the family business, Vallier’s IGA, in Naubinway until she was hired at the First National Bank of St. Ignace/Naubinway branch employed for several years, retiring as manager.

Following her retirement, Dolly spent her summers in Naubinway and wintering in Lake Placid, Florida.  While living in Lake Placid, Dolly joined the Sweet Adalaides chorus of Highland County singing in competitions.  She also enjoyed photography, cross stitch, ceramics and riding the backroad trails of the Sportsman’s Club.

Dolly was a longtime member of St. Stephens Catholic Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club

In addition to her parents, Dolly is preceded in death by her husband’s Leon “Tony” King and Carl Shoemaker; sons Russell “Rusty” King and Dewey King; grandson Shawn King; sisters Yvonne Reichmann, Lois Wachter and Genevieve Wachter.

Survivors include her loving children Yvonne (Dale) St. Andre of Naubinway and Kent (Kathy) King of North Street; 11 grandchildren, 23, great-grandchildren and the recent arrival of her first great-great-granddaughter, Cameron Grace Mortz; siblings Betty (Richard) Wachter of Petoskey, John (Rita) Vallier of Naubinway and Oliver (Donna) Vallier of Ypsilanti; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Memorial Mass celebrating the life of Dolly will be held in the spring of 2024 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Naubinway.  Rite of Committal will take place at the Naubinway Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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