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Janet B. James


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Janet B. James 1940—2018
Janet B. James, 77, of Rockford, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018, peacefully at her home, with her loving family by her side. She was born October 21, 1940, in Sheffield, England, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Cain) Bligh. Janet graduated from Ripon Teacher College (UK) and began a career as a teacher in England. In 1963, she married the love of her life, Philip James, and immigrated with him to Rockford. She taught for 5 years in Rockford until the birth of her son, Andrew, and then devoted her life to be the best homemaker. She was the rock of the family. The family made 7 interstate moves during Phil's career, with Janet handling the sale of home, purchase of home and most interesting to her, remodeling. She rarely paid attention to a budget. At her insistence the last move was back to Rockford. Wherever she lived Janet was active in the Episcopal Church because "You don't leave your brains at the door". Janet was an avid reader of history and mysteries, frequently reading 4 or 5 books a week. She loved to talk about books. Janet loved her dogs, raising 5 standard poodles from puppy stage. She enjoyed traveling with Phil and visited many countries in Europe, South America and Asia. Janet immersed herself in different cultures and was adventurous in trying local cuisine. She was an excellent cook. She had definite opinions and was not afraid to voice them. Typical Janet was her license plate, JJSWMBO: Janet James She Who Must Be Obeyed. Her family and many friends will sorely miss her. Survived by her husband, Philip; and son, Andrew. Predeceased by her parents. Her family wishes to thank Dr. Altayeh, Dr. Glovsky, Dr. Runo, MercyHealth Hospice and their staff for their compassionate care. They also thank their many friends for their support.
Memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford. A Celebration and Thanksgiving for Janet's Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, with Reverend Andria Skornik officiating. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from May 15 to May 17, 2018
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