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Obituary for Joyce Ann James

Joyce A. James passed away surrounded by her family at the University of MN Hospital on August 7, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Princeton, MN, on Friday, August 11. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation from 3-5 PM, with a service to begin at 5 PM. A celebration of Joyce’s life will immediately follow at Moonshine Bar and Grill.

Joyce was born to the late James and Bonnie Ann (Backlund) O’Brien in Princeton, MN. Joyce married Jesse James on March 23, 1974. Joyce spent the next few years raising her two small children. She then worked as a Section Leader at Plastic Products for 35 years.

Joyce was always known for her kindness and generosity to others. She was always willing to help a friend or family member in need. Throughout her life she dedicated herself many times to helping the elders in the family. She would run errands, do their shopping, and run them to doctor appointments.

Joyce enjoyed spending time with friends going out to see live bands, going to the casino, and playing bingo. She enjoyed playing games on the computer, especially Words With Friends and was rarely seen without a Diet Coke in hand. Joyce loved Cocker Spaniels and raised many over the years.

Her children and grandchildren were her greatest joy. She was always there to support them in choir concerts, band concerts, basketball and volleyball games, and dance recitals. She was always a willing participant for a new hairstyle or makeover that her granddaughters wanted to try on her. She never missed a birthday or holiday celebration. She was truly the heart of the family and was adored by everyone.

Joyce is survived by her daughter Lisa Anderson of Princeton, son Jesse (Amber) James, Jr., of Princeton, and her four granddaughters that affectionately refer to her as “Memo” Maddie, Jayden, Brooke and Aria. She was looking forward to her 5th grandchild due this January.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Jesse.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes-Princeton

205 South Rum River Drive
Princeton, MN 55371

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5:00 PM
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes-Princeton

205 South Rum River Drive
Princeton, MN 55371


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