Joanne Mae James of Miami died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. She was 80.

Mrs. James was born Aug. 22, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Laurence N. and Josie (Lurndal) Barker. She lived in the Commerce and Miami area since 1972, moving from Millington, Tenn.

She worked as a secretary for the United States Civil Service for many years, including working for Judge Burns in the Federal Court in Miami. She was a member of the Ladies Fleet Reserve Auxiliary and Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Miami.

She was married to Bill “Blackie” James. He preceded her in death on Dec.13, 2000.

Survivors include

two sons and their wives, Steve and Lissa James of Miami and Jeffrey and Anne James of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and one grandson, Michael James of Anacortes, Wash.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. Pastor Conrad Oehlert will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.

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