ILA MARGARET JAMES
Ila Margaret James, 95, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at the Ottawa Retirement Village.
The family plans to receive friends 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home in Stover, Mo., with graveside services to follow at 11 a.m. in the Stover Cemetery.
She was born April 28, 1918, in Zora, Mo., a daughter of Lester Wray and Blanche Siotha Bates Taylor.
Ila grew up in the Stover area. In the early 1940s, she moved to Kansas City, where she raised her two children.
She was a homemaker, busy raising her own family. She worked at the Kansas City ammunition plant, cared for other children and cleaned homes in the area.
She moved to Ottawa in 1969, to be near her daughter and help with her grandchildren.
Ila had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She grew beautiful flowers and enough vegetables to can for the winter months. Her greatest enjoyment, however, came from being with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Janet Lynn (James) Atchison and Handford Merle Atchison, Ottawa; grandchildren, Allen Duane Carey, Chanute, Kan., Melissa Ann (Rybolt) Troutman and Brian Keith Troutman, Fontana, Kan., Tamara Janel (Rybolt) Powell and Richard Anthony Powell, Lawrence, Kan., Michael Eric Rybolt, Chanute, Kan., and Shawn Christopher Rybolt, Chanute, Kan., and Vincent Patrick McMaster James, Kansas City, Mo.; and seven great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ila was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Inez Mae (Taylor) Kreglinger and Mildred Irene (Taylor) Marriott; two brothers, Raymond Eugene Taylor and Melvin Lester Taylor; and a son, Chester Eugene James.