Rebecca 'Becky' Jane James, 70, passed away on Jan. 28, 2018
Rebecca “Becky” Jane (Russum) James, 70, of Phillipsburg, Kan., passed away Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Center in Kearney, Neb.
A family service was held on February 1, 2018.
She was born May 28, 1947 in Parson, Kan., to Richard and Eleanor Ruth (Bramble) Russum.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Eleanor; father-in-law, Ernie James and son-in-law, Stacy Runnion.
Survivors include: husband, Leslie, of the home; daughters, Melissa Runnion of Phillipsburg and Lindsey Redinger and wife Mary of Kansas City, Kan.; two sisters, Trudy Jean Russum of Phillipsburg and Suellen Anderson and husband, Scott of Santee, Calif.; granddaughter, Erica Collins and husband Michael, of Phillipsburg; grandson, Joshua Crain and wife Kelsey of Concordia, Katie Hurst of Kansas City, Kan.; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Her early life was spent moving between Army bases, including Stuttgart, Germany. In 1961, the family settled in El Dorado, where she attended high school and later met and married Leslie James on Aug. 25, 1970. With their daughter Melissa they made their home in El Dorado, where Becky began her grocery store career in 1972.
The family moved to Philipsburg in 1975. Becky spent many happy years living and making a home for her family. Working at Boogaarts (White’s) grocery store was her life long career. She had a love for working with the public and enjoyed her job. Becky didn’t know a stranger and was a blessing to many in their time of need.
She had a great passion for her family. Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews were the highlight of her life even if they weren’t biological. In 1998 Becky and Les took guardianship of niece Lindsey, who lived with them through her high school years.
Becky’s house was always the constant in our family’s lives. No matter what, you could go there and be loved. Cancer took Becky from her family, but she will always be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved her. She was truly one of a kind and her spirit will live on through her family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Cancer Center or the Johnson Cancer Research Center and may be sent in care of the Olliff-Boeve Memorial Chapel, 1115 2nd Street, Phillipsburg, KS 67661.