Jill Marlene Johnston Burke 1969-2019
Jill Marlene Johnston Burke, age 49, died suddenly at her home in Columbia, Missouri, on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Jill was born on August 7, 1969, to James Lee and Norma Ruth (Cochran) Johnston at Boone County Hospital, Columbia, Mo.
She is survived by her beloved children - daughter, McKenzie Marlene Bailey and son, Mason Patrick Burke both of Columbia; her parents James and Norma Johnston and brother Jeffrey James Johnston of Madison, MO; two great aunts, Maxine Cochran of Cairo and Deedie Esry of Hamilton, MO; aunts and uncles Larry and Betty Johnston of Creve Couer, MO; Barbara Eitel of Kansas City, MO; Ed and Joyce Cochran of Cairo, Marti Cochran of Columbia; cousins Kent Eitel, Ann Paris, Lee Eitel, Layton and Katherine Eitel, Chanda and Rod Argotsinger, Chris Johnston, Lynn and Mike McNeil, Steve Cochran, Stephanie and Jack Roberts, Mathew Cochran, Amanda and Brandon Bailey; and other family and many close friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Cromeritta (Mert) and Helen Faith Johnston and maternal grandparents Charles Walker and Martha Coatney Cochran and uncle Robert Cochran.
Jill was a graduate of Madison C-3 School where she was the Panther Mascot, captain of the Pom Pom Squad, and active in Madison 4-H Club. Jill earned a BA from Truman State University in Kirksville. She worked for the University of Missouri, Columbia; NIKE, Inc.; Missouri Association of Realtors; American Red Cross; and was employed as the Assistant to the CFO at Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHAA) in Columbia for over 10 years; and worked all of her life in her family’s business, the Johnston Auction and Real Estate in Madison, MO.
Jill was a member of the Cairo Baptist Church and loved going to church camp, Acteens and activities with her church family.
Jill was very active in the lives of her children. She enjoyed raising green beans in her garden for her family. Jill enjoyed planning and attending family events, she dearly loved her family and friends. She did not hesitate to inform them that getting together was important to everyone, from old to young, and she would organize many events for that purpose. She could have been a good professional party planner. Jill was a wonderful mother and friend. She will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.
The funeral was at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home in Moberly on January 23 and interment was in the Madison Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions in Jill’s honor to the Education Fund for Mason Burke and McKenzie Bailey at Alliant Bank, 101 E. Broadway, Madison, MO 65263 or to Greater Missouri TSA (Tourette Syndrome Assn), 6526 Parkwood Place, St. Louis, MO 63116
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