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2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, CO


Violet Mae James

May 20, 1935September 10, 2020

Violet Mae Leighty James, age 85, of Grand Junction, CO, passed away on September 10, 2020 at her daughter’s home of pancreatic cancer. Violet was born on May 20, 1935 to Robert E. Leighty and Elsie Furlow Leighty in Cassville, WV. She spent her childhood, graduated high school and married her husband, Winston C. James, in Ridgeley, WV. She attended Business School in Cumberland, MD, where she won the state typing contest in 1952. She was an inspector for Deluxe Check Printers in Pittsburgh, PA for 25 years. After moving to Grand Junction, CO, she became the receptionist at The Optical Center. Violet was involved in the choir at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakdale, PA and at 1st United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, CO. She loved cruising the world with Kathy for the past 12 years; always choosing new activities such as 4-wheeling the rainforest in Jamaica, scuba diving in Mexico, zip lining in Chile and speed boating in Monte Carlo. She was easily seen around Grand Junction, zipping around in her yellow Corvette. She is survived by her son, Mark W. (Debbie) of McDonald, PA; daughter, Kathy Jo (John) of Grand Junction, CO; sisters, Lily Tunis and Helen Jones; 4 grandchildren, John(Laura) and Chris Cherin(Ashley), Corey(Stephanie) and Taylor James; 4 great-grandchildren, Zander Cherin, Connor, Ty and Emmett James; and 2 more great-grandchildren on the way. She is preceded in death by her husband, Winston C. James; parents; and great-granddaughter, Jo. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1st United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM. Private interment will take place at a later date at Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1st United Methodist Church in Grand Junction, CO or to Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakdale, PA.


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Sue Brown

September 16, 2020

Much love and my condolences, Kathy and all.
I hope we can visit over lunch soon?
Sue Brown

Stephanie Spruill

September 16, 2020

I am proud to say I knew Violet and sad to know she has passed. Truly, she must be belting out a tune with the heavenly host as I write these words. Cathy, my condolences for your loss. I know that she spent her last few years traveling the world with you by her side,, experiencing adventures galore and she loved every minute of the time she spent with you. Violet was my friend and co-worker, and always had faith in me and stood beside me in times of need. Rest in peace, Violet. I'll see you again when my appointed time has come.


Lea Pastin

September 16, 2020

Mark , Debbie and Taylor
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Violet. May she rest in peace


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