Jeannette A. James (nee Nims)
Jeannette Adeline Nims was born in Maquoketa, Iowa to Claude and Winoma Nims. They moved west during the Great Depression and settled on a farm in Woodburn, Oregon where Jeannette and her brothers, Dan (Eugene, OR) and Lee (Phelan, CA) were raised.
Jeannette graduated from Woodburn High School in 1947. She wed her high school sweetheart, James Arthur James in February 1948. It cannot be overstated that their union was destiny. They fell in love almost instantly and their love only grew stronger as they navigated married life together. Jim loved Jeannette's ability to communicate honestly and Jeannette loved Jim's natural humility, not to mention his "Paul Newman" eyes.
They are survived by their three children: James, Jr. (Foster, OR); Jeannie James (Canby, OR) and Alice James (West Linn, OR); as well as four grandchildren: James, III (Philadelphia, PA), Ryan James (Portland, OR), Jennifer Fahner (Gresham, OR) and Rebecca Stewart (Corbett, OR). Additional foster children graced their home throughout the years. Most notably, Eva (Kelly) Leonhardy (deceased), who blessed Jim and Jeannette with two more grandchildren: Robert (Australia) and Janelle (Mexico). Their great-grandchildren total a healthy (9) and great-great grandchildren, (1), to date.
Jeannette and Jim remained in Oregon until 1968 when they moved to Goldendale, WA. Their youngest graduated HS there and soon after, the couple felt they were ready for a new adventure. The call of "the last frontier" beckoned and they took off for Anchorage, Alaska in 1975. Jeannette's business interests relocated the couple to Fairbanks and, eventually, North Pole, where she continued her accounting services while owning/operating a busy motel and entering politics. She was elected State Representative of her North Pole district and served from 1993-2002, her final year as House Majority Leader. During the 1998 Legislative Session, the James clan joined the couple in Juneau to witness a renewing of their vows in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. In 2006, Jim and Jeannette returned to Woodburn to be nearer to their loving family.
Jim's passing in January 2012 was difficult for Jeannette to bear. The lovebirds were only two weeks short of celebrating 64 glorious years together.
Always good natured and adored by her family, friends and caregivers, Jeannette passed at Countryside Living in Canby, OR at the age of 91, happily reuniting with her beloved Jim in eternity. Jim and Jeannette are interred together at Belle Passe Cemetery, Woodburn.