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Jeanne Ruth King
September 24, 1947 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
Jeanne Ruth King (Randolph) passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, in Kalispell Montana. Her husband, Ted, held her hand and her children spoke words of love and grief over the phone as she slipped into the arms of her Heavenly Father. Born on September 24, 1947, in Portland Oregon, Jeanne was the only child of Edwin John Randolph and Ruth Leola Randolph (Casey).
On March 5, 1965, she married John Abbott and together they had three children: Annette Marie, Michelle Dianne and David John Abbott.
On June 8,1985, she married Theodore (Ted) Jelmer King and was blessed with three more stepsons to call her own: Ted Jelmer King Jr., Donald Maurice and Michael Shane King.
Jeanne will be so very missed. She was a friend, an aunt, and a sister-in-law, but foremost and by far, Jeanne was a mother, a grandmother and a wife.
“Mom made every event happy and special with her giggles and big smile! Cooking in the kitchen she would twist back and forth and sing “momma loves shortening”. She loved nature- camping! She helped us make little Indian villages- a favorite memory! She was an expert in the card game Canasta and thrived on going ‘OUT’ first in the game! Mom loved music and when a favorite song would come on, she would sing and move to the music while driving. Mom loved all six of her children, they all made her so happy- her love was BIG! When mom met Ted she fell in love fast, and they had a love story I would wish for every couple! Mom loved Montana and bragged about its beauty all the time- she was so proud of Ted and his hunting skills- bears in their backyard and friends that loved nature as much as she did.”
“Grandma’s unconditional love and kind spirit is what made her so special to every single one of her grandchildren. She created so many special memories with us. One that I can say most of us made with her was the late-night Canasta games that sometimes got a little heated. LOL. Grandma was truly one of the most kindhearted people I knew. We love you grandma.”
“Jeanne was a thousand percent behind me! She took my feelings to heart in every situation that arose. She was a warm and loving wife who enjoyed cooking, quilting for the grandkids and taking drives through nature. I will never forget this one time when a herd of Elk with one monster, seven-point, Royal Elk stopped on the road in front of our car. This massive beast bent down and looked through the windshield, staring Jeanne directly in the eyes. She never stopped talking about that moment and I will always remember her excitement.”
She spent her career as a Dental Assistant in Portland Oregon, and that’s how she met her ‘Hunny’, Ted. In one way or another she spent many years keeping Ted’s smile beautiful.
Soon after Jeanne and Ted retired, nearly twenty-five years ago, they moved to the beautiful Montana countryside, spending time in nature, taking thousands of drives and looking for wildlife! She also traveled much to spend time with her children, her many grandchildren and even her more recent great grandchildren. Jeannie loved deeply and was loved deeply in return!
Jeanne Ruth King leaves behind her husband Ted and six heartbroken families, two daughters, one son, and three stepsons. She will always be remembered by her 16 grandchildren and her memories will be shared with her soon to be 5 great grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Eureka on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11am with burial at Tabacco Valley Cemetery to follow. Arrangements are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Eureka. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.schnackenbergfh.com.