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Susan Kay James

Aug. 20, 1940 - Apr. 8, 2018

Date of Service: Apr. 13, 2018

Susan Kay James, 77, of Burley, Idaho, passed from this life and into her Savior’s arms on Sunday, April 8, 2018, shortly after attending church, due to an inoperable ruptured aortic aneurysm. Thankfully, family members were by her side.

Sue was born in Rupert, Idaho, on August 20, 1940, to Charles and Lydia Van Ryper, known beekeepers and honey producers in the Southern Idaho area. She attended and graduated from De Anza High School in Richmond, CA, as the Van Rypers’ had moved their family there before returning to Idaho in 1959.

She met Robert James in Richmond, CA and on June 27, 1959 they married and they had two children together. In 1968, the James family moved to Rupert, ID to raise their family in a more rural community setting.

Sue had a long-standing career in the Grocery industry and held various positions at both Safeway and Ridley’s chains in Rupert. She had a number of hobbies including elaborate needlepoint work and crocheting afghans. Sue also enjoyed fishing and playing card games, visiting the senior center, and loved watching old westerns and Hallmark movies.

Sue is survived by her two loving children, Bob (Karen) James of Seattle, WA; Brenda (Roger) James-Hansen of Burley, ID; four dear grandchildren, Bobby James of Goodlettesville, TN; Brandon James of Portland, TN; Austin Bailes of Burley, ID; and Alyssa Bailes of Salt Lake City, UT. Sue was also able to meet her great-grandchildren, Lucas and Luna, during a trip to Tennessee last year.

Services will be held at Hansen Mortuary, 710 6th Street, Rupert, ID at 11:00am on Friday, April 13, 2018, with Pastor Mike Yost presiding. A viewing for family and friends will be from 6-8pm, Thursday evening and one hour prior to the Friday service at the Hansen Mortuary as well.

Sue loved the Rupert Senior Center dearly. Donations may be sent there to continue their great service at Minidoka County Senior Center, 702 11th St, Rupert, ID 83350.

Condolences for Susan Kay James

From Loretta lawson :
She was a great friend and person I will never forget her when I work at the senior center I would give her a hug I know she's in a better place she's my Angel watching over me
From Marjorie Jensen:
RIP Sue you will be missed.Such a happy sweet lady.
From Marjorie Jensen:
RIP Sue you will be missed.Such a sweet person.
From Marjorie Jensen:
She will be missed by all at the Senior Center.,She was always a very happy person.Was a very nice friendly person when working at Ridley,s.
From Marjorie Jensen:
So going to miss her bubbly happy personality at the Rupert Seniors center.
.Knew her from years earlier as a friend to all from her working at Ridleys so very nice.You will be missed.Prayers to your family.
From Joan Irigoyen:
Our thoughts and prayers of comfort to the family. She was an awesome lady. From the Irigoyen Family.
From Heywood Williams:
It was always a pleasure to talk to Sue, to sit by her at the Senior Center, to hear her laugh. I was deeply sorry to hear she had passed.
From Laurie Peck:
Alyssa, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time. Your grandma sounded like a lovely lady, she will live in your heart and memories forever.
From Dave & Connie Stansbury:
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family during your loss of this amazing woman.
From Shirlee McLean:
The kitchen staff at the senior center wants mrs. James family to know what a joy it was to see and visit with Susie every day. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family
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