- 91 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 23, 1923
- Date of passing: Aug 4, 2015
|In memory of a life lived beautifully, and a heart that loved deeply.|
This memorial webpage was created in memory of our beloved Lois James, 91, born on December 23, 1923 and passed away on August 4, 2015. She will always be in our hearts.
"A year ago, Mom went home to the Lord. As much as I miss her, I continue to rejoice for her. I marvel at her legacy and how she touched so many lives. Mom, I love you and DF!"
"It has been one year since we lost Mom. I still drive past the corner of Euclid and 9th and think about all the times I went to visit her at Heritage and it's just not the same even now. But our assurance in Christ is that we do not mourn as those who have no hope. Mom's hope was realized a year ago with her faith transformed into sight and light in The Lord's presence. Even so, we miss you terribly, but know all pain is past and God's promise is that we all be together again, and forever!"
"Mom's favorite pie was cherry pie. We made a cherry pie to celebrate her birthday. We know that she would have appreciated that. Mom, I miss you and love you. Happy Birthday! DF!"
"Happy Birthday, Lois! I am so happy that you are in a better place with Jesus where there is no more pain, death or sorrow! Revelation 21:4"
"This is the first birthday we will not get to call or see Mom to tell her Happy Birthday. Of course Mom was never one to desire the spotlight on herself. I count myself blessed that in the last several years (15 or so), we were able to do special things for Mom on her birthdays. I know she was tremendously blessed by the turnout last year to mark no. 91. Happy birthday, Mom; I love you very much and will carry happy memories until the Day we all reunite...speaking of not wanting the spotlight, Mom, I wonder how you were able to handle the spotlight on you as you entered into our Lord's presence..."well done, thou good and faithful servant...your reward is great!""
"Mom was patriotic and appreciated the U.S. For this reason and in honor of Veteran's Day, 2015, I have posted a picture of Mom, two years ago. Note the pins on her cap."
"I Corinthians 13 spells out what real love is:
"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;"
Most of us, if we insert our names instead of the word Love in these verses, fall far short of being a loving person by God's definition. Lois, however, lived up to all of these standards of love on a daily basis. A truly remarkable woman and one in whom God's love shone brightly."
"Mom was, among many other things, fiercely loyal and one who recognized and cherished loyalty in return. (This will likely be one of many recollections I post here.) Over the last year, I had many opportunities to sit with her at Heritage and talk about all sorts of things. One aspect of her life that she never grew tired of was the devotion of our Doberman, Sam (1970-1979). She talked of how Sam would sit or stand next to her as she did dishes, and how protective Sam was of her over the years we had her. It was fitting of Mom to recognize Sam's loyalty because loyalty and faithfulness were hallmarks of her life. Her faithfulness to our Lord Jesus was evident throughout her life, up to her final days. She told me once that all the troubles in her life were more than worth it when we (her children) had all come to Christ. I think that meant more to her than anything, and our hope is that the fellowship we experienced in a dim manner here will continue in the full brightness of Christ when we are all brought together."
"The heavens have received a sweet soul into the flock.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to meet this godly woman."
"I adored Lois and I know that I was loved by her.
I consider myself blessed beyond measure to have had Lois for my mother-in-law. When I first met her I felt a bit intimidated by her quiet, calm demeanor. I soon came to find peace in her presence. There was nothing intimidating about her. She was full of laughter and she was a joy to be around! I loved hearing her stories. She laughed at my jokes too!
She was, like Debbie wrote, an adventurous soul. For that I am thankful, because after we moved to far flung places she didn't hesitate to jump on a plane, or into a car to come and stay with us. One of her trips to Wyoming was to stay with the boys while Paul and I flew here to Washington to find a house. It was just her and Allen at home when Marmalade (a cat) came in the house with a mouth full of cactus spines! Thankfully Andrew got home from school just a couple of minutes later and took care of the situation. She said she was so relieved when Andrew arrived on the scene!
That's all for now. I'll share more another time."
"I remember Lois as a godly woman, who fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith. Now finally there is laid up for her the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to her on that Day, and not to her only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7
Lois kept Jesus’ word and did not deny His name. Revelation 3:8 She was a loving and kind woman who was very patient and gentle. She was a good and faithful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her joy was in the Lord, as was her strength, peace and self-discipline. Galatians 5:22 & 23
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:30 & 31"
"Colleen, I want you to know that "In the Garden" was one of Grandma's favorite hymns that Tim and I sang to her the night she died. It was also a favorite of my own mother, and Grandma and I had talked about it and sung it together before in her room. We also sang it once together with the group that sang hymns on Sunday afternoon in the large room at Heritage. The night she died we started out with, I believe her favorite hymn, "Blessed Assurance" and ended with that hymn as well. We also sang "Crown Him with Many Crowns," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and some other favorites. I feel that our singing brought her some comfort, as she appeared to be in pain at times. Also, we know that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people and His spirit was with all three of us in that room. In the past, Grandma had talked about looking forward to singing hymns with Will when he visited. I'm sure she is singing God's praises in heaven right now!"
"Mom has been my best friend for over fifty years. She had a great sense of adventure and an incredible sense of humor. These two always worked together to create a good time because going on an adventure always meant to expect the unexpected, which she met with laughter. One of Mom's favorite past times was being taken for a drive. It was wonderful to be in the car with her because Mom always pointed out the extraordinary in the ordinary. Mom would find remarkable in what one might pass off as an ordinary flower bed. Many times, she would exclaim, "Look at those flowers!" Mom loved trees as well, so she was always quick to point out an impressive tree.
Mom taught me more than I can ever list. The most important was her faith. She adhered to her faith in Christ regardless of the situation. Whenever she interacted with people, she treated them with Christ-like love. It didn't matter who they were, their backgrounds or their ages. Needless to say, people loved her. Mom is in the Lord's presence. What a blessing!
Mom, we're always together. I'll be there soon. Don't forget! I love you!"
"Grandma showed sincere kindness and generosity to everyone she met. Her remarkable memory was filled with knowledge of music, art, and poetry. I will always remember her smile, her selflessness, and her optimistic, resilient spirit. I am so grateful to have had such a special woman as a grandmother."
"'One is nearer God's heart in a garden; than anywhere else on earth.' Grandma introduced me to this line of a poem by Dorothy Frances Gurney in 1998 when Ryan and I chose to get married outside as opposed to in a church. Since then, anytime I'm in a garden I can't help but think of it. Now those times will be even more meaningful. I will always remember her smile, her voice, her laugh, her wit, her way with words, the way she'd recite poems from memory, the way she said my name, and of course her wonderful stories. I love you G-Mom."
"Lois was one of the sweetest people I ever knew. She always had a smile on her face. She loved her family and never missed an opportunity to visit and share her radiance.
She would often send cards to my mom that gave a glimmer of her mischief as a child. I keep one of her last cards in my office that she sent Mom. It has a cat on the front with big eyes and a big (human) toothy smile. She wrote on the back that she thinks the cat and she had the same dentist. I laugh every time I look at the card.
She is in a better place now, free of the body in to which she was locked. She will visit with Joe, Mary, Alva, Burton, my Mom, her parents and grandparents and all the other angels in heaven. She will be missed."
"To the most wonderful Mother-in-Law, who knew the dessert was always more important than the meal! Enjoying now the dessert of life...in God's presence. Love, Sue"
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