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Marian Jean James

October 10, 1928 ~ August 7, 2019 (age 90)

Marian Jean James, 90, passed away on August 7, 2019. She was born October 10, 1928 in Kendall, Michigan to the late Allan and Beatrice (Harris) Adams.

She and her twin sister were the 4th and 5th of 6 children. She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1947. She married Robert Louis James on March 26, 1949. She liked to do ceramics and enjoyed knitting and sewing. One of the items she made was the funeral bunting that is still used to this day on fire apparatuses for Firefighter funeral processions. She liked to go camping and on cruises. She retired from Swift Eckrich in 1991. After retiring, she helped out in the office of First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo. She was also on her high school class reunion committee and helped the Westwood Fire Association's annual ice cream social.

Jean was preceded in death in 2006 by her husband, Robert L. James; her parents; two brothers; a sister; a daughter-in-law; and a grandson.

She is survived by her two sisters; two sons, Thomas and Timothy James; daughter-in-law Somporn (Sam) James; grandchildren, Stephanie Jean James and Cody Louis James; as well as her two cats, Scout and Sherman.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 14 from 5-8:00 PM at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009. Interment will be Thursday, August 15 at 10:30 AM at Ft. Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, Michigan 49012. Those wishing to attend are asked to arrive at the cemetery by 10:15 AM. A memorial service will follow the burial on Thursday, August 15 at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo, 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007.

In Jean's memory, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.

Please visit Jean's personalized online guestbook at

Donations may be made to:

First Baptist Church
315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49007
Tel: 2693452195

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