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Jean James

March 5, 1939 ~ August 22, 2020 (age 81)


Edith Jean James, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Saturday August 22 after an apparent stroke that occurred some days prior. She was born on March 5, 1939 to Chester B. and Katharine Baldwin Tornbom in Redondo Beach, California, where she lived all of her life, with the brief exceptions of a year in Georgia, a year in Hawaii and the last three years in Utah, where she moved to be near her son and his family.

She is survived by her son John R. (Michelle), her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an open, even flamboyant personality, witty and entertaining right up to the very end. Her favorite color was bright scarlet red, and knowing that will tell you a great deal about how she lived her life. She loved music of all kinds, art and literature being both an artist of some talent herself and an avid reader. She was a very spiritual woman; she found Jesus as a young woman and never wavered in her faith.

The family would like to express great gratitude to the staff and residents of Pine Creek Rehabilitation and Nursing for the tender and loving care they gave to our mother and grandmother during the last years of her life, particularly during the last five months as the restrictions due to the Covid virus caused her, as a very social and outgoing personality, great emotional and spiritual distress and unhappiness. We would like to express special thanks to Chris, Rachel, Courtney, Maria, Faith and Ben, each of whom went the extra mile and more to do everything they could to mitigate the unhappiness caused to her by the Covid restrictions.  We are certain that Jean is now enjoying a joyful reunion with her dear friends Janice and Sylvia, both residents of Pine Creek that passed shortly before her, as well as her parents, siblings and dearest best friends Pauline and Bea, all of whom preceded her in death.

Jean’s family will gather for a celebration of her life on Tuesday, September 1 , 2020 at 2:00pm at Holbrook Mortuary, 3251 South 2300 East, for those unable to attend in person the services will be live-streamed online and remain available to watch for 90 days. To watch the services scroll to the bottom of this obituary page on the day of the service. For those attending the service please remember to wear a mask and social distance.

At Jean’s request everyone attending the service is asked to wear something red and also be prepared to sing her favorite hymn, “Lead, Kindly Light” and her favorite song “Somewhere, My Love” from the movie Dr. Zhivago.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jean James, please visit our floral store.


Celebration of Life
September 1, 2020

2:00 PM
Holbrook Mortuary
3251 South 2300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

Video is available for this event

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