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Elim Lutheran Church
Wednesday July 14th, 2021

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Judith Ann James

Judith Ann (Smith) James, 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her husband and children on Friday, July 9th, 2021 in Farr West, Utah. Judy was born on June 6th, 1937 to Edwin and Olga Smith in Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Ogden High School in 1955 and then enrolled in the St. Benedict’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1958. Judy married Tommy Leroy James on May 22nd, 1961.

She worked at St. Benedicts Hospital (now Ogden Regional Medical Center) in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU), labor and delivery, and the nursery for 35 years. In addition to her passion for nursing, she was an active and longtime member of Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden, Utah, where she served on the church council, the Altar Guild, and helped with vacation bible school.

Judy is survived by husband Tommy Leroy James of Farr West, Utah, and by three children: Jennifer James of Ogden, Utah, Roxanne James Baptist (Greg) of Farr West, Utah, and Jeff James of Firestone, Colorado. She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as three nieces, a nephew, and their families.

She was preceded in death by both her parents and her sister, Emma Louise Smith Cole.

The James family would also like to thank the staff at Inspiration Hospice, particularly Alisha and Tiffany, for their professionalism and kindness.

A Service will be held at Elim Lutheran Church 575 23rd Street, Ogden, Utah, on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may also be made to Elim Lutheran Church.

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When I entered Nursing School at St. Benedicts one year after your sweet mother, she was assigned to me and my roommate Pat Spaulding as our "big sister." No one had a better Big sister, always kind, helpful and supportive to the 2 of us. When we went on affiliation to Nebraska and later Denver Judy sent us "care packages" of goodies and little presents. I always loved her Christmas letter. There is a special place in heaven for women like Judy. So kind and unselfish. My condolences to all of you.

Mary Lou Blanchard Hess and Pat Spaulding Thrasher Jul 20 2021 12:08 AM

Judy, you and mom spent years together, school and nursing, an amazing nursing reunion will be happining in Heaven,
My deepest condolances to all your loved ones who will be missing you..

Linda Colburn Jul 14 2021 1:09 AM

Dear Jennifer and Roxanne and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your mom. She sent a card to my family when my mom died. I'm sure my mom will be there to greet her in heaven. Take care and know how sad I feel for your loss. Sincerely, Mary

Mary Courney Jul 12 2021 8:45 PM