Jeanette D. King

cover-for-programJeanette 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

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.


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26 thoughts on “Jeanette D. King

  1. Rick, Julie and Jana,
    I don’t have to tell you 3 this but your mother was an amazing woman. I have many fond memories of her from church and as my Home Ec teacher in high school.
    She will be missed by so many in our community. Prayers to all of you!
    Denise Foster Adams

  2. My heart breaks for the three of you. Julie, Rick and Jana.
    Your mother was my mentor. I took several of her classes through school. Sewing, cooking, decorating, budgeting, entertaining, and setting that perfect table.
    The things I learned from her are priceless to me.

    Every time I saw her at the grocery store, I would thank her for all the things she taught me.
    She was our Martha Stewart.

    God bless and keep her. I am so pleased that in later years, we became friends. That was so special to me.
    Thank you for sharing her with ALL OF us.
    God speed Mrs King, God speed.

  3. Praying for her family during this difficult time. She was one of my favorite Jr Hi and Sr Hi teachers. She made Home Ec fun and helped prepare me for life. She always had a smile and a very positive attitude toward students. I was blessed to have know her.

  4. We are so sorry to learn of her passing. We pray God will comfort the Davis, King and Steele families.

  5. Praying for the family. Jeanette was my Home Ec teacher and I loved her. She was an amazing teacher. To Ricky, Julie, and Jana may God hold you in his loving embrace.

  6. Sorry for your families loss, Rick, Julie and Jana. Mrs King was a wonderful teacher. She and Jerry raised 3 responsible and kind children. Deepest sympathy.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Rick Julie Jana and their families. What a wonderful example she was to all of us! She was good at everything! May God bring you comfort at this time. My prayers are with you!!! Linda Dennis Fairman

  8. Rick, Julie, Jana,
    So sorry for your loss.. Your mom was a very neat lady.. My thoughts and prayers are with you all..

  9. I am so saddened to read of Jeanette’s passing. She was a true joy to work with when I served as Pastor there as she played for the early Services at 1st Christian as well as all those Nursing Home Services. She was so great to know as a person, welcoming people around her and especially caring for those in need. She was a true saint and it was my honor to know and serve with her. I truly grieve her loss and offer my deepest condolences, my prayers, and my love to her family.
    Rev. Brent Haworth

  10. Mrs. King was one of my teachers. She was a great woman and a wonderful teacher! I have fond memories of my classes and my experiences with her. My prayers for comfort, strength, and peace are offered up on behalf of all her family members.

  11. I am so sorry to read this. I loved Mrs. King. She taught me so much. Praying for the family. Losing loved ones is so hard. She is one of the reasons I went to Mizzou.

  12. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. I’m so glad you all have some really good times and memories to cherish during these difficult times.

  13. Thinking of all of you! She was such a fantastic lady and role model! I will always remember her beautiful smile! May you find solace in all if your amazing and wonderful memories!

  14. Well, we have lost another sweet lady, great teacher, dear friend, and one of the best neighbors in Charlotte. Mrs. King was such a breath of fresh air, every time I walked into the science building., she was almost always at her classroom door to pleasantly greet her students. Besides her and Jerry, their 3 children were all the best, not to exclude Heinz Lomen, as a added son. It just turned out that Heinz was in my class and we hit it off, so we became running buddies from the time he arrived. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of this great family. My heart goes out to all of you. know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. My sympathy to Rick,Julie and Jana and prayers for peace as you deal with the passing of your Mom. She immediately made me feel like part of Butler faculty family as a young teacher, years ago. She touched lives, she made a difference and she, no doubt, created many wonderful memories to be cherished until you meet again.

  16. What a wonderful smile Jeanette always had for us everytime we saw her. Jeanette and Jerry along with Ed and Sue helped us move to Butler in 1969. They were always great friends and we miss both of them. Looking forward to being with them again , but not too soon. God bless Rick, Julie ( one of our kids favorite baby sitters) and Jana and their families.

  17. Jeanette was a favorite of mine in the Holstein industry in Missouri and now I find that we had even more in common than I thought. Raised Methodist. Loved to sew. She complimented me more than once on clothing I wore that I had made myself. I love this whole family with all my heart and wish you comfort now, peace very soon, and wonderful memories forever as she is part of all of our hearts.

  18. I’ll always remember her as a “classy” lady!! Such patience with her students. I, too, had several classes under her and remember first hand what a role model she was indeed. Jana, Julie, and Rick….my comments to you would be to “always remember the good times!!!”

  19. Julie& family, so sorry for your loss. Jeanette was such a gracious lady,with a great smile. Prayers for comfort for all of you

    Carl& Susan Ferguson

  20. We send our deepest sympathy and Love to all of you. Jeanette was a very classy, loving lady who I thought a lot of. May memories of her and Jerry fill your heart forever! We love all of u! Hugs.

  21. We were sorry to hear that Jeanette had left this life experience. I had the opportunity to meet her when she was a young girl. During her life she contributed to society in a number of ways, making this a better place to live. We will miss her Christmas cards and notes. Deepest sympathy is extended to her family. May God provide you with sympathy and peace. Remember the good memories.
    Leonard and Marylyn Ernsbarger

  22. Rick, Julie, and Jana…So sad when I heard the news of your mom passing. A great mom and someone that always made you feel welcome. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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