Family, friends celebrate the life of Jennifer King


VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Earlier this week, an Evansville woman lost her battle to breast cancer. Before Jennifer King died, she made her family promise not to hold a traditional funeral. Today, Eyewitness News was there when her family kept that promise. 

Hundreds of Jennifer King’s family and friends from all around the country, came to the Tri-State to celebrate the woman they called the “Queen of Kings.”

“I think she’s up there in a much better place in a beautiful setting and ultimately in control of everything, in control of this whole event. If the wind blows and blows the umbrella’s off, that’s up to her,” said Shawn King, Jennifer’s husband. 

Jennifer lost her battle to breast cancer on Monday, but before she died, she asked her family not to have a traditional funeral. So instead of balloons, there were brightly colored bounce houses, neon streamers and umbrellas, and her favorite playlist on full blast. At the top of that playlist, something just for her.

“I feel like the music is kind of my way of letting my emotions and kind of speaking through everyone else too. Not only myself, but her,” said Dylan King, Jennifer’s son.

Dylan wrote “Dear Mama,” in Jennifer’s honor.

“It took like two and a half days to pick a beat and then after that it was all set from there,” said Dylan. It’s a thank you from a son to his mother. “It was just something I really wanted to do as soon as it happened,” said Dylan.

The song is now the kings’ soundtrack as they figure out their new normal.

“I don’t really know what that’s going to be like yet, I know it’s going to be more time with my boys. Jennifer raised those boys to the point that now she’s confident they’re ready to go. I think Jennifer’s done such a good job to this point that they’re going to be very successful and happy and that’s all you can ask for in your kids,” said Shawn.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the #WarriorJennifer King Retreat charity. The money will be put toward sending other women battling breast cancer in the Tri-State on a relaxing getaway. Shawn said they are very close to reaching their goal of $25,000 and did it in just three days.  

Shawn said the family plans to say their final goodbyes next week as Jennifer requested her ashes be scattered in one of her favorite coves on Patoka Lake.

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(This story was originally published on August 17, 2019)

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