Janice Eichhorn Read James

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Janice Eichhorn Read James, passed away in her home in Canby, Oregon, Thursday evening, April 12, 2012. Janice was born July 29, 1924, to Fred F. Eichhorn and Mildred (Steward) Eichhorn at the Eichhorn Farm, Labette County Kansas. Funeral services will be on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Mrs. James graduated from LCCHS (Labette County Community High School) and attended 1 year of Junior College in Parsons, KS. She worked for a time, during WW II, at North American Bomber Plant in Kansas City. She married Arden E. Read on Nov. 28, 1943. He was a mortician/funeral director, who died April 10, 1954, in York, NE. To that union, was born a girl and four boys who survive. She moved back to Kansas, to live with her parents, and built a home in Altamont, KS. She worked for a time at Berry Garment Co. in Oswego, then as City Clerk of Altamont for 17 years. In 1972, she moved to Greensburg, KS to be City Clerk. She resigned when she married Robert L. James in 1974. In 1983, she returned to work at the Kiowa Co. Courthouse in the Registrar of Deeds office and later transferred to the County Clerks office. She retired in 1995. Bob and Janice James moved to Beaumont, TX in 2001. He died on September 12, 2004. After his death, she moved to Wauconda, IL, then to Newburgh, Indiana, and finally to Canby, Oregon. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Greensburg, KS and was a certified city clerk of Kansas. For many years, she had a small business Janice's Paper Pieces and she quilled wedding invitations. She also helped her husband in their Hi-Vue Inc satellite business in Pratt, KS. She is survived by Terry and Becky Bradfield (daughter) of Molalla, OR; sons, Dr. Arden E. Read, Beaumont, TX, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Read, Lebanon, IL, Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Read, Bristol, VA, and Dr. and Mrs. Ronn Read, Wauconda, IL; stepsons: Drs. Jeff and Penny James, Newburgh, IN, Mr. and Mrs. John James of Enid, OK, and Dr. and Mrs. Jim James, Eaton, CO; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and sister, Kathleen Freeman, Bartlesville, OK. She was a strong, Christian woman and an amazing mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Kansas Ave, Greensburg, KS 67054.

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 19, 2012
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