|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1908|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 1998|
Mrs. James was born and raised in Kentucky. She went to nursing school and became a Registered Nurse sometime in the 1940's. She often spoke of practicing during the war and trading her nursing services for goods. She told of a butcher who had to get some shots and she made sure that she sharpened her needle (yes, they sharpened and reused needles!) for him and he gave her good cuts of meat.
She was married briefly, but had no children. In the early 1950's, she moved to Pine Hills, FL and started work in a tuberculosis hospital. At some point, she started work in Winter Garden Hospital in west Orange County.
In 1969, my family was in a horrible car accident. My father was killed, my mother and sister were severely injured. I was 7 months old at the time and only suffered a broken arm. My mother was hospitalized for 2 months, and my sister and I were allowed to stay with her in the hospital. Many of the nurses became enamored with the 7 month old baby tootling around the hospital in a walker. Mom said she remembered lying in her bed and watching me scoot past the door or hearing the nurses call me overhead - which she said I would giggle uncontrollably at hearing my name overhead.
My birthday came up shortly after we were released from the hospital and Mrs. James called my mother and asked if she could bring a present for the baby. The rest is history.
She was always "Mrs. James" to me, but she was more like a grandmother than a friend. She taught me many wonderful things...hope, honesty, integrity, gratitude, courage, and how to have fun! She exposed me to arts and crafts like I had never seen. Her nephew was a sculptor and painter and we would go to his shows. I still have some of his pieces. We played games...any game, cards, jacks, puzzles, board games. We sang in the car...great songs...You are My Sunshine, Little Brown Jog, and many more! We saw movies and plays and musicals.
She was there at every important moment in my life. She and my mother became the best of friends. It was my mother who was there for her when she was ill and hospitalized. It was my mother at her bedside when she passed away. They are together now...continuing to watch over me.
Sue James was a wonderful woman who I am so lucky to have known. She helped shape the person I am today. I followed in her footsteps and am now a Registered Nurse.
I love you Mrs James!
Winter Garden Cemetery
Created by: Jeanie
Record added: Mar 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18245932
Thinking about you a lot this evening! Love and miss you forever!|
Added: Nov. 21, 2011
Happy Mother's Day! You were my grandmother in every way! I still find myself riding down the road singing "our songs." I love & miss you!|
Added: May. 9, 2010
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