, Muskogee, OK


May 12, 2010

Mary Belle James

1922 - 2010

— Mary Belle James, a long-time resident of Muskogee, OK, went to be with our dear Lord on Saturday, the 8th of May, 2010. For the past two years Mary was a beloved resident of the Assisted Living Center in the Baptist Retirement Village of Oklahoma City, She was known for her contagious humor, positive attitude, and self-propelled fast-wheeling walker!

Born December 5, 1922 in Tahlequah (Pumpkin Hollow), Cherokee County, OK, to Theo and Minnie Martha Phillips. Mary was one of seven children.

In 1940, she married her true love, General Aurdverl (GA) James of Tahlequah, and together the Lord blessed them with wonderful children: Barbara J. Giles of Oklahoma City, Jerry and the late Faye James of Muskogee, and Jeanette Morgan of Tulsa.

Mary, a Pastor's wife and organizer of church events for many years, loved people and cherished the opportunity to help others. Longing for higher education and another way to serve others, especially children, Mary started back to school at the age of 40 and realized her dream receiving a BA and Master's Degree in Education from Northeastern State University. She taught Muskogee children at Pershing Elementary and Grant Foreman Elementary before retiring after 17 rewarding years. She is fondly remembered by many former students as well as church members, dear neighbors on Kershaw Drive, and many other friends.

“Granny” will always be remembered by her family and friends as the container of never ending smiles and laughter and truly a gift God gave us all.

Mary is survived by her husband, three children, eight grandchildren and spouses, seven great grandchildren and spouses, and one great-great grandchild. She was much loved by many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and cousins. Mary was proceeded in death by her parents, brother, Ray Phillips, sisters; Dorothy Daniels, Ruth Burnett, and Seletha Craig, and brothers-in-law.

Viewing will be held on Wednesday, the 12th from 6pm to 8pm at Bradley Funeral Service. Funeral service will be held at Timothy Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.

The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements.

Friends may send condolences to the family on the web page

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