Phyllis Jean James


March 5, 1924 - May 27, 2016


Phyllis Jean James was born March 5, 1924 in Mitchell to Wayne and Anna (Fessler) Ferguson.  She graduated from Fulton High School and received her Teaching Certificate from Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell. She taught school at Ravenna #3 in Sanborn County. On October 23, 1943 she married Irvin James. They farmed in Miner County until moving to Mitchell in 1984. Phyllis worked at the Methodist Church in Mitchell for 17 years at Parents Day Out and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Farwell Methodist Church and then First United Methodist Church in Mitchell, a 50 year member of the Beaver Extension Club in Miner County and the Miner County Farmers Union.

She is survived by her three children: Sharon (Don) Bowman of Fedora, Nancy (Mike) Tingle of Mount Vernon and Leland (Linda) James of Mitchell; one sister, Audrey (Joe) Tobin of Racine, WI; twelve grandchildren, two step grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren, two step great-great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Doris James of Pipestone, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin and a son, Roger.




Tuesday, May 31, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, June 1, 2016
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Stephanie Burchatz Pickrel on May 31, 2016
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of your family. God Bless her Soul and keep her safe in his arms. Prayers of strength to all of you through this difficult time.
Posted by Karen Spelbring on May 30, 2016
Linda, Lee and family,
My sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your loved one. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this very difficult time.
Love, Hugs & Prayers, Karen Spelbring
Posted by Kathy (Ollenburg) Willmes on May 29, 2016
Lee & Linda and the other family members of Phyllis: I want to give you my sympathies in the loss of your mother. Her obituary really says a lot of her life; she had a very fulfilling life with a lot of family members.
I am a high school friend of Linda's and I had lunch with her a few days before Phyllis's passing. She had told us that Phyllis was nearing the end of her life on earth.
Posted by Betty kippes on May 29, 2016
My sympathies to you and your family for the lost of your dear mom.
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