Mary Marie James was born October 5, 1933. She departed this life April 19, 2019 surrounded by family at the age of 85.
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Marie’s life was of humble beginnings. Born in a log cabin near Grand River in Fort Gibson to Jack and Mary (Butler) Farrow and attended a one room school in Cedar Mounds. She grew up in a large family of nine.
Marie married Willis Springer and was blessed with 3 sons. Willis Junior, Jimmie Lee and Johnny Dale. Marie was widowed then married to Leroy James in 1958. This union produced 3 more blessings. Bill Allen, Carla Jean and Leroy James JR.
The family established a wholesale bait business and had a rental property. They lived in the Fort Gibson area their entire life, helping with the upbringing of their grandchildren. They also ran a resale business at the flea markets. Leroy passed away in September 2004.
Marie loved to read romance books, watch westerns and game shows and the thrill of the casino. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.
Surviving are her dog Penny of the home, 3 sons, Jim and Pam Springer of Muskogee, Bill and Pat James of Fort Gibson and Leroy and Beverly James of Fort Gibson; one daughter Carla Haney of Fort Gibson; 3 sisters, Thelma McDaniel, Katherine Taylor and Virginia Ford and many beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Willis Springer and Leroy James Sr., her sons Junior Springer and Johnny Springer. Her sisters Delanie Walker, Pauline Ellis, Linda Ford and one grandson Barry James.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday April 24, 2019 at the Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home in Fort Gibson with Pastor Trae Mullin officiating. Interment will follow in Citizens Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Fort Gibson.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie James, Gentry Cook, Justin James, Jermie James, Mike Thompson and Gary James. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Hutchins and Trae Mullin