Imogene Miller Mont James
R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home - Hampton
245 South Armistead Avenue
Hampton, VA
HAMPTON - Imogene Miller Mont James, 90, was a vitally original and beloved mother and wife to her family, and treasured resident of Hampton where she lived for over sixty years. She was known to all as "Imo" or "Mo" and indeed her sense of humor would have put her in good company with Larry and Curly. She was the daughter of Grace Miller and Walter Mont in Frostburg, MD, a small town, which she regularly insisted, over protests, that her kids and husband visit on family vacations. From her early days as a stellar high school student and math whiz, she moved on to being a beautiful and single OB-GYN nurse in Washington D.C. That is, until she met dashing young Bill James of Hampton, a former high school and college football star. Their mutual love of sports cemented their bond, and they were married in 1950. From there, a steady stream of precociously talented children followed - at least in their parents' estimation: Sharon, Randy, Steven, and Richard. An early rupture in the marriage - Bill was a Colts fan, Mo a Redskins fan - was not fatal. Perhaps because they bonded over a profound and everlasting love for Virginia Tech, where Bill, Sharon, Randy, and Richard attended. (We won't discuss Steven's choice.) To help pay college tuitions, Mo became a school nurse. At the advent of integration, she volunteered to be the first school nurse at Pembroke High School - the former Phoenix High - when other school nurses declined out of fear. She thus became the first school nurse in the history of that school and was much beloved by all students, black and white. Up until nearly the day of her passing, former students would often seek her out to say hello and talk of their fond memories of those days. (Her family concluded she must have been easy to trick into getting a sick pass to miss class.) In her later years she became ever more devoted to golfing with her buddies, gardening, her Hokies, her church, and to telling endlessly embarrassing stories about her children. A generous person and spirited raconteur to the end, she will be greatly missed by her family and all whose lives she touched. Imogene passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. She is survived by her daughter Sharon; son Randy; and his wife Jenny and their daughter Madison; son Steven, his wife Judy, and their children Dylan, Corin, and Jackson; son Richard, his wife Debra, and their sons Benjamin and Adam; and brother-in-law Philip James. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday April 3rd at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Queen, Hampton. Family will receive friends Thursday, from 5-7:00 pm at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave., Hampton. Private internment will be held in Parklawn Cemetery, Hampton.
Published by Daily Press on Apr. 2, 2015.
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Nurse James was always a loving person to be around. When I was at Pembroke when i was sick and didn't won't to go to class. She always asked me what class are you in ? I told her English!!!! come back later. Will miss seeing her smiling face at church also.PHS Class of 1970 RIP Nurse James we love you.
David Lockett Jr.
April 15, 2015
I loved Nurse James and Richard was a friend in high school. I am sorry I could not attend her service but can remember being "sick" with her and laughing when it hurt. She lived a full life and may we all be so blessed to have such wonderful things said about us when we are gone. May the family continue to laugh and share as her wonderful legacy. God Bless.
Wanda (Hayes) Burgamy
April 12, 2015
Nurse James was Pembroke High School. My condolences to the family.
Larry Milloy
April 7, 2015
Having you at Pembroke High School was such a blessing. We were so happy when you showed up for the big All Years Pembroke Reunion. You will be greatly missed.
Laura Baldwin Huff
April 6, 2015
Nurse James was always there when so many of us needed her. So sad to hear of her passing. Carmen Jerningan Fonville PHS Class of 70
April 5, 2015
Mrs. James made all of Rich's friends of every stripe feel so very welcome at their home. It was a warm place. I have a co-worker here in Miami whose wife attended Pembroke. The one person in all of Hampton we had in common was Mrs. James, a happy coincidence.. My condolences to the James family.
Wayne Brackin
April 4, 2015
Nurse James was more than a school nurse. She was a huge part of Pembroke High School; a friend, mother and confidant to so many kids who did not get that kind of attention at home. May memories of happier times and the love and support of family and friends bring you comfort. PHS Class of 1978
Deborah Davis Poole
April 3, 2015
I remember Nurse James from my time at Pembroke High. She took care of so many of us. Peace be with her family.
Allison V. Tysinger
April 2, 2015
Sharon--I was so saddened to see this in the paper just now. I called Pearl to let her know, she had already spoken to you. Thinking about you all at such a tough time.
Jeanie Baldwin
April 2, 2015
Being in your home around Mo was always somewhat magical. I always felt something funnysneaky funnymight happen at any moment, and usually did. What a wonderful, loving spirit. And it's clear from all that's been written that love continues to surround her still.
Suzy Parker
April 2, 2015
your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Mo always made my daughter Hannah feel special at First United Methodist Church. She will be greatly missed.
Katherine Paulin
April 2, 2015
Nurse James was as much a part of PHS as any student. She was an integral part of everyday life. She always had a kind word, a smile and a joke for students. My sincerest sympathies to her family.
Tresa Vance
April 2, 2015
Mo was a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. I work at First United Methodist Church in Hampton, where she was always volunteering. She'd often stop by the church office with an off-colored joke or a great story. She will be missed.
Cathy Caffacus
April 2, 2015
What a honor to know and what a wonderful life for a person.
PHS 1972-1974
April 2, 2015
Sharon,Randy,Steve, and Richard (Rich), My breath was taken from me this morning as I saw that your Mom had passed. Mrs James was the best at everything and I have nothing but fond memories of playing basketball on Mohawk, having lunch, and talking with your Mom and her beloved, Mr.James. May your pain resolve to the love and fond memories that you all shared. She is the finest and I'm sure our Father welcomed her with loving arms saying "Well Done".

Sincerely with love and respect,

Eric M. Johnson Major, USA, Ret.
April 2, 2015
I remember Nurse James from Pembroke High School. I am thankful for her efforts to make Pembroke a success and I am glad to have known her.
Michael Recant
April 2, 2015
How lucky we were as teenagers at Pembroke High School to have Nurse James in our lives! She was more than just the school nurse - cheerleader, counselor, confidant, friend, and even our 2d Mom. Nurse James gave so much to the students at Pembroke and I hope we gave as much back to her. Our Facebook Pembroke HS Alumni page is filled with tributes to this wonderful woman. Sharon, Randy, Steven, and Richard - thanks so much for sharing your Mom with us. Her legacy lives on in the hundreds of Pembroke HS alumni.
Joanne L Bluhm Stratton '73
April 2, 2015
"MO" what a beautiful sweet funny treasure we have lost. I have so many memories of you in high school and at the church later helping my niece's at camp. In high school you really helped me , by just listening to me when my parents were getting a divorce. I know you have heaven smiling and know that you will be greatly missed.
Love Kathy Renn , part of the James family
katherine Renn
April 2, 2015
To a life well lived! She will be missed.
Delia Lee Scallion
April 2, 2015
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of beautiful Mrs. James. She was loved by so many, including our Mother, Anita McKinley. Mom worked with Mo at Phoebus HIgh School. Now they can share good times in Heaven together. Love and prayers are with you. May God comfort you with His grace, love, and peace. Tom and Judy McKinley Fernald, Rex and Chris McKinley
Tom and Judy Fernald
April 2, 2015
Will never forget this beautiful lady. All the great memories she has left us. God Bless you Nurse James. May God Bless your family.
Deb Easterling
April 2, 2015
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