Elvira James

May 22, 1938 ‒ April 10, 2012


Elvira K. “Elvie” James, 73, of Galion, died peacefully, Monday, Apr. 9, 2012 at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital.

Born May 22, 1938 in Mainz, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Georg Valantin Heiser and Clara Martha Bergmann Heiser. She was preceded in death on Apr. 21, 2003 by her husband, Jimmie R. James, whom she married on Oct. 9, 1961.

Elvie graduated from high school in Germany and continued her education at Strattford College.

She worked as a civilian Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the U. S. Army in Germany, moving to the United States in 1975 where she raised her family and continued her education. She enjoyed writing throughout her life and had two of her books published titled M.S. Won’t Get Me Down and Lives Intertwined. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and loved and adored her grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Laura Allen of Galion and Sherrill Winslette of Georgia, two sons and daughters-in-law; Franklin G. James and his companion, Selanie Johnson, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Jesse G. and Dawn James of Galion; eight grandchildren, Amy, Eric, Ron, Phillip, Joshua, Chad, Markus and Megan; many great-grandchildren and one nephew, Dagobet Rolland of Germany.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Ronald “Speedy” James, a brother, Hans Alban and a sister, Agnes Heiser.

Friends may call from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 14 and Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Elvie’s home at 945 Harding Way East in Galion.

Tributes in her memory may be made in the form of contributions to her family in care of Richardson-Davis Funeral Home, 218 S. Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833.