Phyllis Mary James, 97, of Duluth, died Saturday, June 19 th in her home with her family by her side. Phyllis was born in Duluth on March 1, 1924, to Roy and Lima Baker and graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1941. Phyllis met Bob James on a blind date, and they were married Sept. 25, 1948. They were happily married for 59 years. Phyllis was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Y Wives, Eastern Star and volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital for over 25 years. In honor of her philanthropic work, she was nominated for the Port City Woman of the Year Award in 2017. Phyllis was an exceptional seamstress, creative knitter, voracious reader and enjoyed league golf at Pike Lake. Above all else, her family was her greatest joy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Roy and Lima Baker; her siblings, Roy Baker, June Johnston, Ted Baker and Frank Baker.
Phyllis is survived by her children, Cindy James, Tim (Lois McClatchie) James and Chris (Carolyn) James. Granddaughters, Emily (Jamie Majchrzak) James and Maria James; great granddaughters, Lennix, Aizley, and Jamie’s daughters Mackenzie and Madison, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
The family would like to thank Kathy, Ashley, Melissa and the staff at Mount Royal Pines III Assisted Living for the excellent care extended to our Mom and family. We would also like to thank Essentia Hospice for their care and support.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 24 th at 12:30pm with a 1:30pm service to follow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1710 E Superior St., Duluth, MN. Service will be live streamed on the Dougherty Funeral Home Duluth Facebook page, starting at 1:25pm. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the St. Luke’s Foundation, 1000 E 1 st St. Ste 102, Duluth, MN 55805, or Mount Royal Pines III Assisted Living Activities Department, 50 E. St. Marie St, Duluth, MN 55803. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral home, 600 E 2 nd St. Duluth, MN, (218) 727-3555.
COVID Message: Masks will be required at the service. We are respectful of anyone who chooses not to attend due to the COVID pandemic.