Frances Lou Ann "Crazy Lou" James(1940-2013)

Frances Lou Ann James was born September 09, 1940 in Orange County, California.  She went to be with our Lord September 01, 2013. In between those two dates she lived a full and loving life surrounded by family and friends.
She was raised in Stockton by her loving parents, Lloyd and Frances Gibson. Lou Ann was part of the first graduating class of Stagg High School.  She went on to become a beautician. She also earned an instructional pilots license, owned a Day Care Service and worked for Costco.
 
In 1978 she married her best friend Norman James and her family doubled in size with his three daughters. Her blended family shared unconditional love. They were together for 38 years, sharing life, love and much laughter. They lived in California, Texas, and Arizona and finally back to Lodi.  Lou Ann loved traveling, gardening, making new friends, family gatherings and celebrating life. Animals of all kinds would fill her heart with great joy. No one was a stranger to her.  Once she knew you, she would always remember you and you would know you were genuinely loved after your visit. She could make anyone smile and laugh with her kindness and jovial demeanor.  
     
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd and Hannah Perrin, her father Lloyd Gibson and mother Frances (Perrin) Gibson, and her son Billy Lang.      
Lou Ann is survived by her forever loving husband Norman James, her sons Darryl and Michael Lang, her daughters Debbie (James) Shoemaker, Cheryl (James) Marouf and Robin (James) Goodwin.  She is also survived by her sister Virginia (Fred) Morris and brother Bill (Pat) Gibson, brother in-laws Jerry and Kenny James.She has eleven grandchildren; Alexandra, Audreana and Christian Lang are her grandchildren in Lodi that she was able to spend a lot of her time with, making them smile with her stories and love. She has eight great grandchildren in the Colorado area along with many nieces and nephews that she adored; Lisa, PJ and Eddie to just name a few. Crazy Lou's family is very large and she knows and loves them all by name. She always considered her friends to be family too.  She loved all her friends.  Lou Ann was simply a loving, kind, caring and friendly woman that wore a smile. 
   
Lou Ann, along with her husband Norman, attended Faith Community Church when they were in town. They loved building a relationship with Jesus and had accepted Him as their Lord and Savior together; always doing life together.

A Memorial Service for Lou Ann will be Saturday, September 21 at 11am at Lodi Community Church. Any donations may be sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson CA

Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Sept. 13 to Sept. 20, 2013