Janine Marie Burright King

Janine Marie Burright, third and youngest daughter of Kenneth Wayne and Lola Marie Danish Burright, was born August 1, 1960, at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr in 1972 and her membership has remained there. Janine attended Mount Ayr Community School and graduated with the class of 1978. She continued her education at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa.

On January 8, 1979, Brien Wayne Johnson, Janine’s only son, was born. Janine married Frank Johnson of Hoskins, Nebraska, at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. They lived in Hoskins until moving to Kearney, Missouri, when Brien was a toddler. They later divorced. She later moved to Liberty Missouri and reunited with her high school crush Randy Lee King, a senior when she was a freshman.

On July 18, 1987, they were married at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. They followed employment to Merriam, Kansas, and since 2000 have resided in Shawnee, Kansas. Janine’s last employment was with Skillpath Seminars, owned by Graceland University. Janine worked as a Sales Operations Coordinator, maintaining a sales contact database.

Janine loved all types of crafts, including working with plastic canvas, macramé, stenciling, cross stitch, crochet, modeling with polymer clay, scrapbooking, card and stationery making. She was so creative and talented that family and friends requested special projects made by her. Many happy hours were spent with their cats: Jimmy, Punkie, Fuzz, Shadow, and Cinder. She and Randy also rescued several Japanese Chin dogs: Yoshi and Kenji from Wayside Waifs in Grandview Missouri, and Kaiko and Chicchai from smaller rescue organizations. She enjoyed competitions, and was awarded first place in a recipe contest and won tickets to numerous events from listening to radio station KUDL in Kansas City, Missouri. Janine contributed to the Burright Family Cookbook and enjoyed keeping up with family and friends on Facebook.

Janine doted on her grandsons, Braydon and Kellen, and enjoyed spending time watching them play, and videotaping their events.

Janine passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014, in the Kansas City, Missouri Hospice House following a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Lola Burright. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Randy King, of Shawnee, Kanasas, son and daughter-in-law Brien and Brandy Johnson and sons Braydon and Kellen of Overland Park, Kansas, sister Kathy and husband Pastor Ed Shields of Mount Ayr, Iowa, sister Kerry and husband Steve Hittner of Omaha, Nebraska, nieces Erika Wilmes and Cole of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Emily Shelley and husband Richard, Kiersten and Kegan of Indianola, Iowa, Jourdan and Edson Ledonde , Micah and Aaliyah of Omaha, Nebraska, Luke and Ashley Hittner, Blake and Trevor of Elizabeth City, North Carolina and Will Hittner and fiancé Melissa Johnson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, other relatives and friends. Janine will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Mount Ayr, Iowa, on Saturday, February 1, at 11 a.m. Presiding at the service will be Reverend Chris Conklin and Pastor Ed Shields. A social time and luncheon will immediately follow the service. Memorial contributions have been designated for the Wayside Waifs Rescue Group in Grandview, Missouri.


  1. Rich and Andrea Skipp on February 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and always close by if you need some company! A donation has been place in Janine’s name with Wayside Waifs, we were happy to do that for her and for you.

  2. Laura Sloan on January 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Randy, I am so sorry for your loss. Janine sounded like a wonderful and creative person. She and I shared many of the same hobbies! I hope you will find some comfort with your many master gardener friends. My thoughts are with you.

  3. Deanne and Lou Bacco on January 31, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Dear Randy,
    We are very sad to hear of Janine’s passing. She was such a young woman. We are glad that she had faith in the Lord. We hope that your friends and family will surround you with love while you grieve. And, we look forward to seeing you at Wonderscope this spring.
    Deanne and Lou, Master Gardener friends

  4. Mary Anne Atteberry on January 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I am deeply saddened by Janine’s passing. I worked with her for several years and it was always a pleasure. Loved her attitude! She was a joy to be around and I will miss her dearly. Prayers go out to her family and friends as they grieve over their loss. I have missed her around here and will continue to miss her in our company. I will send continued prayers for the family during this rough time.

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