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Alice M. James, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012.
Alice was born to George and Veronica (Johnson) Heyman on October 11, 1932. She attended McKinley Grade School, Devilbiss High School and The Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1953.
Alice married Franklin David James in September of 1954, and followed him to Lawton, OK where he was stationed during the Korean War. When they returned to the Toledo area, Frank set up his Podiatry practice and she started to raise their family. After a little more than a decade, Alice started back to work at The Toledo Hospital, first part-time then full-time in their surgical unit. Left to raise her children on her own after the premature death of her husband in 1977, Alice Mae ultimately became the head of the surgical unit and its staff, a position she held until her retirement almost a quarter century later.
The organizational capabilities and devotion to those things for which she had a passion had served her well as an R.N., continued to benefit her other life long discipline, the support and perpetuation of her church. From the time she and her husband joined Trinity Episcopal in the 1950's, until her death, Alice worked tirelessly for her church. From Sunday School teacher to Youth Group Advisor, from Altar Guild to vestry (and Junior and Senior Warden of that vestry), from participating on committees to search for and hire new rectors for the church, to chairing various committees to find and retain new members as well as promote outreach programs for those in need in the community. She was, in every sense, a devout Christian woman and lived every day of her life to that end.
Our mother was a volunteer beyond measure. From participating in and ultimately chairing the Podiatry Auxiliary of Northwest Ohio while our father was alive, to her stints as a girl scout leader, to her zealous support (quilting and otherwise) of various charitable organizations that strive for a cure for breast cancer, to her last few years of making herself available to those terminally ill patients at Hospice that she felt could use a smiling face and some words of encouragement.
A force of nature has been taken from our midst. A woman whose unwavering strength, smiling countenance, willingness to give of herself and her time, love and support for her family, and her deep desire to help those in need made life-long friends of almost everyone, of all ages, she came into contact with. I'm not sure that God really knew what he was getting into when he called Alice Mae on Friday after Thanksgiving. But, Heaven is about to get a lot more organized!
Left to remember and admire the legacy that was Alice Mae James are her four children, Bradford (Lori) James, Steven (Tina) James, Brenda Holland, and Nancy (Greg) Schwab; her eleven grandchildren, Elissa, Corey, and Tyler James; Chad, Kelsie, and Kyle James, Danny, Nicolas, and Zachary Holland, and Annie and Kate Schwab, as well as many, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A Funeral Service celebrating Alice's life followed by a reception and dinner will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2012, at the Trinity Episcopal Church, in downtown Toledo.
In lieu of flowers, Alice's family suggests tributes to the Trinity Episcopal Church, the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the Reach for Recovery.
Professional services were provided by the Reeb Funeral Home, where online condolences may be offered at
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 North Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Published in Toledo Blade from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, 2012