Jean James

Jean James

Hazel “Jean” James of Portage, Michigan passed away Friday, October 18, 2013 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. Mrs. James was born March 27, 1945, in Grand Haven to Nolan and Neatice (Cowell) Parker. She was a graduate of Plainwell High School, had driven bus for Plainwell schools for 8 years and also worked in the ER Registration Dept. at Pipp Hospital. Jean enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards, camping and crocheting. She especially enjoyed traveling in their motor home, even traveling to Alaska.

On October 12, 1963 in Cooper she married Lester James, who survives. Also surviving are her children, Kathy (Kevin) Sparks of Otsego, Bill (Sally) James of Surprise, AZ, Russ (Sheri) James of Gobles and Dennis (Jen) James of Saranac; 9 grandchildren and special friends Dale (Pam) Mentor, who donated his kidney to Jean.

Friends may visit with her family on Monday, October 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, MI where services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday with Pastor Ted Koehl officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Mary Free Bed, Rose Arbor Hospice or the Kidney Foundation.

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  1. Steve & Nancy Motter says:

    Sorry for the loss of Jean she was a wonderful person and will be missed greatly by her family and friends. We just need to know now that she’s not suffering now she’s at rest . Our Love and Prayers to the family for there loss. She’s with our Heavenly Father now at rest.

  2. Joanne & Larry Bean says:

    Jean has gone on ahead and you can be sure this very strong, loving woman is out of pain and resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior. We were blessed to know and call Jean our friend.
    Jean never spoke an unkind or negative word that we remember.
    It was no surprise to hear that a complete stranger offered to donate his kidney after meeting her at church. May you, her family always remember this very special woman you called wife, Mom, Grandmother was truly unique “one of a kind”. May you find strength in God’s promises at this difficult time.

  3. Lee and Joyce Duke says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jean and you were one of the first couples we met in Florida. We had many good times together. Jean had suffered much but I know she is in a better place. We have missed looking out our back door and the motor home not there as you stopped while passing thru TN. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    sorry for your great loss

  5. Barbara And Bill Adams says:

    Sorry for your loss. Jean was a special friend. One we haven’t seen in quite a while. Sorry we didn’t get in touch sooner. We send our love and prayers to all the family. God will keep you in his hands thru this time of sorrow.

  6. Bill & Sharon Knopf says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.
    Just remember she Is not in pain anymore.

  7. Giz and Shirley Giesbrecht says:

    Sorry for your loss. Jean and I had fun together when she work at Pipp. She was a special friend. I used to call her Hazal because it made her mad. Lester we are in FL. so we can’t be there. But our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family

  8. Linda & Hugh Taylor says:

    We were so sorry to here about Jean’s passing , Jean was a real good friend to both of us when we were in school. She & Hugh would sit & play cards for hours (as I was not and still am not a card player). I have nothing but good memories of the vacations I was privileged enough to spend with Nolan, Neatice and Jean.

    Our thoughts& prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Delores Lowis says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful Jean. She will be remembered.

  10. Jerry and Linda DeMuth Charlotte MI says:

    So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She was so nice and lots of fun. Jerry and I enjoyed camping with you at the Kalamazoo campground. Will always remember the apple pie.

  11. Gail Doster-Parker says:

    Lester and family:
    I am so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. When the following days are not going well for you; drift down memory lane and pull up a happy, fun time or two. I know you’ll never run out!

    May God’s Grace shine on you this day, as I know it is so with Jean.

  12. Anne Haskins says:

    Lester and the kids and family’s ; I am so sorry to hear that Jean has passed. When we drove school bus together, she was a light in the office, while we waited to pick up the kids or take them home. So many good times.I will miss her smile.I know that she loved her family with all her heart and her friends too.

  13. Phyllis and Dave Fitzgerald says:

    Les, we are so sorry to hear of JJ’s passing. She was a wonderful lady, with a great spirit and love for all. She will be missed by so many. You are fortunate to have so many wonderful memories of years passed.

  14. Wayne and Elaine Dragt says:

    Sorry to hear of Jeans passing, but she can now walk again in heaven. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Les, and your family.

  15. Linda and Bill Hinga says:

    lots of good memories from school with Jean and Carol. she is resting in peace with no pain now.

  16. Shirley Brainard & Lucian Marks says:

    Lester & family;
    Sorry for the passing of Jean, she was such a very loving lady & friend to so many of us. We know she is now at peace & free of pain, walking in arms with our heavenly father.

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