Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Beverly Marie James

September 30, 1938January 9, 2020

On January 9, 2020, Beverly Marie (Davis) James of Okemos, MI, was called home to join her beloved husband, William (Bill) H. James. Beverly was born September 30, 1938, at her grandmother’s farm in Mattawan, MI, to Anna (Davis) Wolf and Dayton Harry Davis.

After a short stay at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI, her only child, Lisa James Allen and son-in-law, Michael Wesley Allen, were by her side at the time of her passing.

She was a graduate of Central High School in Kalamazoo, MI. On February 23, 1957, she married the love of her life, William, at Stockbridge Methodist Church in Kalamazoo.

She later moved to the Upper Peninsula, living in Sault Ste. Marie, Masonville, and Gladstone. During her time in the U.P., she loved camping, golfing, and spending time with her family and friends. Also, she enjoyed spending time at the casinos with Bill. She worked at Empson Insurance and Citizens Insurance Company, where she retired from in 1997.

In 2004, she then moved to Dimondale, MI, with Bill, to be closer to her first grandson, Ryan James Allen. Ryan was a significant part of her life from a very young age. He would spend time with her and Grandpa Jack (Bill) at their home and on the golf course. Later, Ryan would spend much time with his Granny by taking her shopping weekly, to the hairdresser, or anywhere she needed to go.

In 2008, her second grandson, Carter William Allen, was born and filled her heart with joy with his curiosity and bigger than life personality.

Beverly was a loving, caring, and sweet soul. In her 81 years, she quietly impacted all those around her. She was most proud of her family and will leave a huge hole in their hearts and lives. Though we are comforted knowing that she is now with Bill, we will forever miss her.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, William H. James, her parents, Anna (Davis) Wolf and Dayton Harry Davis, and her brother, Donald Davis.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa James Allen, son-in-law, Michael Wesley Allen and Grandsons, Ryan James Allen and Carter William Allen. She is also survived by her brothers, Dayton Davis (Bonnie), Michael Wolf (Annette), and Richard Wolf (Kathy), in addition to many nieces and nephew.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday January 21, 2020, 4:00 pm. at Trinity Church, 3355 Dunckel Rd., Lansing.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Beverly Marie James

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