JAMES—Gini May James, 81, of Florence, passed away peacefully Sept. 5, 2017.
Gini was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Redding, Calif., to Bill and Gay Clawson, beginning a life
hat positively touched all those she met.
She attended Crescent High School and graduated in 1953 at age 16, which was a strong indication of the intelligence she had guiding her life.
In 1952, she met the Love of her life, Jim Kenneth, and they married in 1954. She graduated from beauty school in San Francisco in 1956 and was a hair dresser for 63 years until retiring when she was 80 years old.
In 1975, Jim and Gini moved to Florence and bought and operated Waterland Marina (Now the Port of Siuslaw).
After selling the marina, they opened Mane Sail Trimmers, which was in business for 38 years.
Gini was very involved in the community and started sev- eral organizations here in Florence. She was a member of the Soroptimist Club since the early 1980s, and started the Christmas Basket Program, the toy drive and Coast for Kids. She also founded the Focus 4 Hotline, which is now run by Siuslaw Outreach Services.
She was also Florence First Citizen in 1997.
Gini was preceded in death by her husband Jim of 45 years; her daughter Trina Gail James; and her sister, Donna Allian Gillispie — all within the same year.
Gini is survived by her three sons: Terry Kenneth James and his wife Shari, Gary Scott James and his wife Tammy, and Jordan Mitchell James; her granddaughter Marin Lilith James, who she raised; her brother Gary Clawson and his wife Carole; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, please honor Gini’s memory by donat- ing to the Sorpotimist Christmas Program at P.O. Box 1209, Florence, Ore. 97439, which would be greatly appre- ciated by her family and friends.
A viewing will be at Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Services will be at the Florence Events Center on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 1 p.m.