Paddy Jane (Burkholder) King

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Paddy Jane (Burkholder) King departed this life on Feb. 9, 2013 after a 21 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Jane, as she was known, passed away, peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Los Angeles, CA on April 30, 1954. Jane grew up in Linn County, MO where she attended Linn County R1 and was active in 4H. She moved to Branson, MO after graduation to attend college at the School of the Ozarks. During this time, she met the love of her life, Gus King, and they were married on Sept. 9, 1974. Jane and Gus were blessed with two children. In 1989 the family moved to Green Forest, AR where she taught until her retirement in 2008. Jane and Gus moved to their retirement home at Holiday Shores, outside of Bismarck, MO, where she resided until her death.

Jane was extremely active in her "retired years". She started out by substituting at Bismarck Public School but came out of retirement to be a full-time aide to a wonderful autistic boy who reminded her why she started teaching in the first place. Jane had to quit doing what she loved when she was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer on May 3, 2011, so she could focus on her health. Never to be knocked down, Jane fought and lived. She was able to see her only grandchildren come into the world and never stopped doing. She was involved with area senior centers, line danced, greeted kids every Monday at the Bismarck school, and was active in the United Methodist Church of Bismarck.

Jane was an inspiration to every person she came into contact with and left behind numerous beloved friends, students, and family members. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Gus Lee King III, of Bismarck, MO; her son Gus Lee King IV, of Conway, AR; her daughter, Portia Jane King Dietrich of Oklahoma City, OK; and her two miracles -- a granddaughter, Kora Celeste King, and a grandson, Declan Ewan Dietrich. Jane is also survived by her mother, Paddy Jane Burkholder, of Park Hills, MO; two brothers, Paul Burkholder of Montrose, CO and Robert Burkholder of Brookfield, MO; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Jane was a woman of faith and science. She chose to donate her body to Washington University in St. Louis in the hopes that it will lead researchers to a cure, so that no person or family will have to endure what she and her family has.

There will be a memorial service on Feb. 23 at p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Bismarck located at 906 Mulberry Street. Jane wished for the service to be a celebration of her life and ultimate cure. She asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any of the following organizations: The United Methodist Church of Bismarck, the Bismarck School System, cancer research, senior centers, or food pantries. All those who loved Jane are invited to attend.