Born September 4, 1934 in Rozel, Kansas, she was the daughter of George Walter and Mamie Belle (Hidlebaugh) James.
Surviving is one son, Kenneth Guinther of the state of Iowa; four daughters, Denise Nunez of Aberdeen, Maryland, Tina Parker of the state of Georgia, Linda Kleinschmdt of Nashua, Iowa, and Cathy Hoyte; two brothers, Kenneth W. James of St. Ann, Missouri and Robert L. James of Peoria, Illinois; one sister, Ruth Reist of Muscatine, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, several great and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband James, five brothers, and three sisters.
Mary grew up in Muscatine, Iowa where she graduated high school. She had lived in Ft. Madison, Iowa and later Knox City, Missouri before moving to Atlanta ten years ago. Mary owned and operated Mary’s House of Beauty in Ft. Madison and Knox City. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and going to the flea market in Rutledge, Missouri.
Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Letts Cemetery in Letts, Iowa.