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Diana James

Published: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 10:45 a.m. CDT

WALNUT — Diana Elizabeth James, 92, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.

Diana was born Ogmore Vale, South Wales in Great Britain, on Dec. 17, 1919, to Gomer Edwin Lewis and Annie Lewis. She married William H. James in Cardiff, Wales, on May 27, 1939. He preceded her in death in August 2001.

She was a homemaker and a CNA at Colonial Hall until retiring. In her earlier years, she worked in London for a prominent family and during World War II she built trench mortars in Cardiff factory. In 1949, William, Diana and son Michael immigrated to the United States.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Princeton and a member of the women's church circle.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Karen) James of Machesney Park and David (Veronica) James of Princeton, and five grandchildren plus numerous great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, one daughter-in-law, four brothers and four sisters.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Jack Stites officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Fire Department or the Bureau County Senior Center.

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