Funeral services were held on Monday, January 5, for Mrs. Mary James. The wife of Bill James, publisher of the Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg and former MPA President, passed away Friday morning, January 2, 2009.
Mrs. James, daughter of Mrs. Wanda A. Brown of Harrisonville, had been battling pancreatic cancer for many months.
Mrs. James served as a member and as President of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. Her family has been prominent in Missouri newspapers.
Her father, the late J. W. Brown, Jr., and her mother were co-publishers of the Cass County Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville. Her father served as MPA President in 1963.
Mrs. James was First Lady of the Missouri Press Association in 1998, the year her husband served as President of MPA.
Visitation and a memorial service were held immediately following the service at the Harrisonville United Methodist Church in Harrisonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Mary L. James Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education – University of Missouri-Columbia
c/o Rose Porter
114 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Kansas City Hospice House
12000 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145