Jeanette D. King, 81 of Butler, Missouri passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at her home in Butler. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the First Christian Church in Butler where she was a longtime member. Visitation will be Wednesday evening, 5-7 PM at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Interment will follow services in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions are suggested to the First Christian Church or the National MS Society. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Jeanette Lucille Davis King was born February 20, 1935 in Butler, Missouri to Reeves Peyton Davis and Maude Lucille Reynolds Davis. She died at age 81 at her home in Butler surrounded by family and love.
She attended kindergarten in Lexington, Missouri and grade school in Jefferson City, Butler and Winnwood, Missouri as her father’s job took him throughout the state. Following her father’s death, she and her mother and younger brother moved to Adrian, where she attended high school, graduating in 1953. While in high school she found her love was basketball, as she reached 5’11” in 7th grade, and would not let them list her at 6’. She was a four-year starter and set a single game and high school career record of 46 points. That record was held for 40 years.
Following graduation she attended college at CMSU in Warrensburg for two years, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. On June 16, 1956 she married her high school sweetheart, Jerry King, and joined him at the University of Missouri, where they graduated in 1957, her with a BS in education.
Three children were born to this union: Rick King, Julie (Steve) Lewis all of Butler; and Jana (Mike) Boehler of Olathe, Kansas.
Jeanette supported her husband, and Ed & Sue Ann Steele, as the two families formed Steele & King Dairy Farm in 1957-2007, while raising a family and teaching school.
As a young girl she took piano lessons and then organ lessons. She started playing the piano at the Methodist Church in Adrian, and in the 1960s she started playing piano at the First Christian Church in Butler. She began subbing on the organ at FCC and continued until 1995, finishing her piano career in 2007.
From 1964 to 1985 she was a home economics teacher and FHA advisor, partially at Hume, Miami, and finishing at Butler for a total of 21 years. She served on the Butler R-V School Board from 1986 to 1998 and served as president for two years. She served as Butler Homecoming Parade Marshall in 1989. She held membership in Chapter HV PEO, and was a lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi.
Jeanette was an accomplished seamstress and made her own wedding dress, plus four others for her daughters and nieces. She served as a 4-H leader in both sewing and cooking, and was open division home economics chairman for the Bates County Fair. She was very involved in her bible study group at FCC, and completed her reading of the entire bible a few months ago. Her love of gardening led to her enjoyment in making black raspberry jelly, applesauce, sweet pickles and caring for her flowers. In 1980 the family enjoyed a fishing trip to Bennett Springs in search of trout – the event became a yearly treat. She taught all of her children and grandchildren the thrill of catching trout. She enjoyed crocheting, doing needlework; making baby blankets, along with making afghans for the American Cancer Society. Traveling with Jerry was a love of hers, as they visited Germany and Hawaii, and for their 25th anniversary a trip to Ecuador. An Alaskan cruise was their favorite. As a young couple their goal was to visit all 50 states.
Survivors include her children, along with Heinz Lomen, who became part of the family as an exchange student from Germany in 1973-74. Also surviving are grandchildren Abe Lewis (Heather), Will Lewis (Trista), Ryan Boehler (Hannah), Whitney Kern (Travis), and Allison Boehler; great-grandchildren Violet and Devin Lewis, Aurora Lewis, and Cameron and Quincy Kern; her brother Bill Davis (Bonnie) of Overland Park, Kansas; sister-in-law Sue Ann Steele (Ed); nephew Tanner Davis (Lucy); nieces Becky Bauersfeld and Brenda Chael (Ted); great-nieces Jordan Chael and Josephine Davis and great-nephews Andrew Chael Alexander Davis; and a host of cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2013 and her parents.
Of all the values passed on to her children, the most important was that of education and a strong faith.