Roberta Holton James

Friday 6th of July 1923 - Monday 10th of December 2018

Roberta Holton James


Memorial Service

Dec 18, 2018 (11:00 am )

Second Presbyterian Church

460 East Main St., Lexington, KY

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Roberta Holton James died on Dec. 10, 2018. Burial will be on Monday Dec. 17 at 1pm at the Louisville Memorial Gardens West. A Memorial service will be on Tues., Dec. 18 at 11am at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington. Roberta was born on July 6, 1923 in Louisville to her dear parents Fred and Nanny Martin Holton. She is predeceased by her husband of over 50 years Joseph James, son Fred James, sister Juanita, and brother Duane and his wife Colleen.

Mrs. James loved her family and kept them close during their various moves to Perryville, KY, Odessa, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Shepherdsville, KY, and Lexington as her husband was called to various churches as a pastor. She served in many leadership positions at various synods and presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church USA. Later in life, she worked at the University of Kentucky Council on Aging in program planning for senior adults where she created their summer writing workshop, befriending numerous writers from Kentucky and further afield. Roberta was a whip-smart woman who defied simple categorization. She brought endless hours of humor and good conversation to her dear friends in Lexington. She was a source of tremendous inspiration to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom miss her dearly.

Roberta is survived by her son J. David James and his wife Loretta Gordon James of Greensboro, NC, daughter-in-law Diane Weckerle of Royal Oak MI, and former daughter-in-law Ellen Mosen of Northampton, MA. Grandchildren are Russell James (Colleen) of Cary, NC, Kelly James (Jason Calder) of Baltimore, MD, Ben James (Oona Coy) of Northampton, MA, and Carl Weckerle (Pam) of Warren, MI. Great-grandchildren are Max, Ryan, and Emily James, Maya and Abigail Calder, Silas and Wiley James, and Austin Kadlitz and Miles and Isaac Weckerle.

The family especially thanks Pat Edgington for her years of commitment, care, and friendship to both Joe and Roberta. The whole family sends Pat and her daughter Sherry their love and gratitude. We also thank Johnny James and family, nephew and friend to Roberta, for his thoughtful care of Roberta over the years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 460 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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