Janine Marie Maddux was born on May 21, 1982, in Bishop, California, and died on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, California. In the early part of 2021, Janine's family found out that she was very sick. Janine's sickness is what eventually ended her life at the early age of 39.
Janine spent most of her life living in the small town of Lone Pine, California, near her family and friends. She attended school in Lone Pine and graduated from Lone Pine High School in 2000. While in high school, Janine played varsity volleyball and basketball for 2 years. In volleyball, Janine was known as a "good server." During her senior year in high school, Janine was voted or known as the “class clown.”
After high school, Janine attended a college near Susanville, California, where she studied general studies. At one point in her life, Janine also aspired to be a writer. After college, Janine worked for the housing authority in Lone Pine. In 2003, Janine had her son, Ricky and her daughter, Amaya in 2009.
Between the years of 2016 and 2018, Janine met and fell in love with Jevon, whom she met through an online dating website. Jevon reminisced on a time when he first met Janine, where she was first stand-offish but eventually their relationship developed. Jevon remembers Janine as a “very kind [and] loving person,” he said. “She was always willing to help somebody [and was] easy to get along with people,” he said.
Many people including her family and husband remember Janine as being a “jokester.” “She was a jokester…we would joke around a lot,” Janine’s husband, Jevon said. Janine loved spending her free time fishing with her husband and her two children, Ricky and Amaya. “She always beat me in fishing!” said Jevon about Janine. Their favorite fishing spots were Diaz Lake and Buena Vista in Bakersfield. They also loved taking the kids to Camelot in Bakersfield. Jevon said they were together for eight years.
Janine was also a tribal member of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation, where she lived with her two children, Ricky and Amaya and her husband, Jevon.
Janine is survived by her two children, Ricky Kobierowski and Amaya Maddux, and her husband, Jevon Sheley. Janine is also survived by her parents, Rick and Alice Maddux and her two sisters, Neddeen and Venessa Maddux.
Janine is preceded in death by various relatives: Neddeen, Raymond, Roland, Nancy, Sue, Edward and Valerie.
Pallbearers for the memorial service are Jevon, Nora, Brandon, Michael, Leah, Elijah, Kayla, Uncle Mike, Raymond and Auga.
An open public viewing will be held at the Mt. Whitney Funeral Home in Lone Pine on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4-5 p.m. local time. A cry dance will be held on Friday, Sept. 17 at the Lone Pine Community Gym from 9 p.m.-midnight local time. Memorial services for Janine will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Lone Pine Community Gym starting at 1 p.m. local time. A potluck will precede the memorial service. A private family burial will be held later in the year.
The family of Janine Maddux is currently raising funds for Janine’s funeral expenses at a GoFundMe page.