Carol M. James

February 22, 1932 ‒ October 20, 2018

Cardington, Ohio

Carol M. James, age 86, of Cardington, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Woodside Village Care Center.

She was born in Morral, OH, on February 22, 1932, to the late Laurel and Cuba Harriman. Carol graduated from Morral High School and later that fall started her Bachelors of Science in Education program at Bowling Green State University. While at BGSU, Carol enjoyed playing the trombone as a member of the marching band.

In 1954, Carol began her career in education at Marion City Schools. She later would go on to teach at the Pleasant, Ridgedale, Highland West, and Galion School districts as well. Having a gift to work with children, Carol also enjoyed being a 4-H advisor for 27 years. She was active with many clubs within Marion and Morrow County and most recently The Farmers Daughters 4H Club.

In December of 1964, Carol married John E. James. The two moved to a farm southeast of Cardington where they started their family. In 1970 their home was filled with joy when their only daughter, Kindra arrived

While teaching, Carol often used the summers off to travel the world. She was able to visit 48 out of the 50 U.S. States, seven European Countries and Ireland. When she wasn’t traveling, she enjoyed crafting and singing. Carol was one of three ladies who made up the group, The Tri-Tones. Carol was known for her beautiful whistling.

Most important for Carol was spending time with her family. Carol loved becoming a grandma when Kindra and David brought Cassey and Evan into this world.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Kindra (David) Pearce of Mount Gilead; and grandchildren: Cassey (Kyle Hudson) Pearce of Mount Gilead and Evan (Taylor Brubaker) Pearce of Mount Gilead.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny; her parents: Laurel and Cuba; and siblings: Varian McCullough, Lila Oldham, Muriel Hawk, and Dale Harriman.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM, Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Oak Hill Cemetery near Upper Sandusky. Celebrant Galen McLeod will officiate.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Carol’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Aunt Carol was such an important part of my life growing up. I have
    so many fond and fun memories of her and my aunts. I am so sorry for your loss Kindra and family. They are all together again and this is comforting.

  • Kindra, we were saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. She was a sweet lady and will be missed. We enjoyed being neighbors for many years. Sending our thoughts and prayers. Dave and Linda Truax

  • Sincerest condolences, Kindra. So many great memories of working on the farm for your Mom and Dad when I was a youngster! Your parents were an influence on so many of us in the old neighborhood. God Bless.
    Ron Truax and Family

  • Kindra, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. May God help give you peace, comfort and joy of all the wonderful moments you had with her. We will pray for you and your family. Robin Patten Hirsch and Karen and Bob Patten

  • Kinda and family. Loved working the polls with Carol. She would whistle when we had free time and make the day fun. Praying for your family.