There is an old joke in the real estate business.
In establishing the value of your house, what are the three most important factors?
Location, location, location.
Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Point Breeze and a list of other areas in the East End were the locations where Ada C. King spent more than 40 years selling homes as a real estate agent.
Ms. King of Point Breeze died Thursday at Providence Point in Scott due to complications of a neurological illness. She was 87.
Her son, Byron W. King, 57, of Mt. Lebanon, said the grit and grind showed how tough it is to be a real estate agent, but "somehow she made it all look easy," even at the age of 87.
"She was a fountain of wisdom," he said. "As busy as she was, she always made time for everybody. She had a unique gift to leverage her time and energy, spread it around, and touch everyone's lives."
Ms. King was born in Export, Westmoreland County, and was raised on a dairy farm during the Great Depression and World War II.
She attended a business school in the 1940s, where her son said she learned the skills to become "today's paralegal."
Ms. King was a member of St. Bede Parish in Point Breeze, as well as the Oratory of Oakland. She was also a member of the Duquesne Club and a past member of the Pittsburgh Golf Club, Twentieth Century Club and Longue Vue Country Club.
She was a strong supporter of the Catholic Church and other religious denominations geared toward charity, as well as educational institutions such as the Ellis School and Shady Side Academy.
Mr. King said his mother's condition "got bad" in January and February, but she still remained active.
"I would call her to see what she was doing, and she would tell me she's just leaving Phipps [Conservatory] or either one of the museums," he said.
Over the years, Ms. King supported charitable organizations such as the Eye & Ear Institute, the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Carnegie Museum and Library System, Phipps Conservatory, and the Light of Life Rescue Mission.
She began her real estate career in the 1970s when she joined Cooper Insurance Agency. She left in the 1990s and had since been with Prudential Preferred Realty Co., working out of its Squirrel Hill office on Forbes Avenue.
"She was highly regarded in the profession, well loved and was always willing to go the extra mile," said Cuppy Kraft, who worked with Ms. King for 20 years at Prudential. "She was a tireless worker; it was [like] clockwork. She was always dependable."
Ms. Kraft said even through the rigors and tough deals as a Realtor, Ms. King "just laughed, smiled and made everything a lot of fun."
"She was so kind, so generous and soft spoken, but when she spoke, you listened," Ms. Kraft said. "She was truly a lady of grace."
Besides her son, Ms. King is survived by three daughters, Stephanie Flannery of Fox Chapel, Victoria King of California and Alexandra Thompson of Philadelphia; brothers Robert Cassol and Albert Cassol, both of Westmoreland County, and Adam Cassol of Virginia; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at John A. Freyvogel Sons funeral home on 4900 Centre Ave., Oakland, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church in Point Breeze with interment immediately following at the Homewood Cemetery.
Kelton Brooks: email@example.com or 412-263-1723.