Annis (Ann) Ruth James, age 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Modesto. Ann was born February 21, 1929, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, to Cart and Dora Martin, one of 15 children. As a teenager during the Dust Bowl era, Ann moved to Oakdale, California, where she met and fell in love with Basil (B.J.) James. They were wed on December 13, 1945, and recently celebrated 72 years of marriage. Ann worked in the warehouse at Tri-Valley Growers for 38 years.
Ann is survived by her husband, B.J. James, daughters Peggy James and Evelyn (Robert) Jackson, grandchildren John Souza, Joey (Angelica Salazar) Souza, Jenna (Matt) Dickens, Melinda (John) Baker, and Michelle (Chance White) Warner, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, and two brothers. She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and six brothers.
Services will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, with a viewing from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and funeral following at 11 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, CA.