Jean James

October 18, 2013

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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