In loving memory of

Helen L. James
October 25, 1936 - October 10, 2021

Helen L. James, 84, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at home, surrounded by family. Helen was born in Jackson Township on October 25, 1936, to the late Roy and Blanche Alexander. She graduated from Hartford City High School and on September 1, 1956, she married Eldon "Ron" James, and he survives in Upland. Helen worked as a clerk in a grocery store and as a teller at a bank, and she also sold Avon and Mary Kay for many years. She was a member of Matthews Epworth United Methodist Church.
Helen is survived by her husband, Ron; children, Gary (Terrie) James, Brad (Luchie) James, and Bruce (L'udka Rybovicova) James; grandchildren, Joshua James, Julie (Christian) Rojas, Hope (Paul) Mukisa, Raphael Ramirez, Brandon (Bobby) Dake, and Brady (Lauren) James; and great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Eliza, and Dario Mukisa, Graclyn and Grayson Ramirez, Clark and Reese James, Taylor, Meadow, and Merrick Dake, and Dereck and Eden Rojas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Blanche; son, Jeff James; brothers, Leo (Ilene) Alexander, and Leon (EulaBee) Alexander; and sisters, Eloise (Chuck) Runkle, and Evelyn (Bob) Eaton.
Arrangements for Helen have been entrusted to the Jones-Smith Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 259 North Main Street, Upland, where a visitation will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., as well as an hour before the funeral service. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Brett Crump officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Matthews Epworth United Methodist Church. Online memories and condolences may be shared at


Noritta Carter wrote on Oct 17, 2021:

"So sorry for Ron and family. Helen was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed. "

Peggy Rodabaugh wrote on Oct 15, 2021:

"RIP Helen ! Helen and Ron would come see me while they were in Lowes as I worked. They never knew how it made me feel! To think they'd have me in they're mind! To care about me! Loved seeing them always. As part of our homestead (Lakeview families) could have never had the raising we had, without all of our parents being there for us! So lucky to have had you in my life Helen James! RIP!!"

Shirley Tarr wrote on Oct 13, 2021:

"so sorry Ron and family for the loss of Helen, I always enjoyed the times Jim and I were around you two over the years, time just goes by to fast. Prayers to all ."

Sara Spahr wrote on Oct 13, 2021:

"We knew Helen from the retirees' trips over the years. She was a sweet lady. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to all."

Larry Brown wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"So sorry to hear of Helen passing. She was an important part of my Village. So many memories of her and family?church, coming by the house, camping, and many others. Sending prayers to the family."

Cheryl (Allen) Himelick wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Prayers & condolences from the Jack Himelick Family"

Tim and Barbara Dayton wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"We will miss Helen. She and Ron camped next to us at Sports Lake and i loved talking with Helen and enjoyed her company so very much. She was a very special lady and we were so fortunate to meet her and Ron."

Cliff Bottoms wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

"I was sad to hear of Helen passing yesterday. She was a true friend. We worked many hours at Jefferson one and three. Thanks for the memories Helen, and to Ron and her family, may Jesus' love fill the large void in your hearts. "

Dennis Smith wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

"Sincere sympathy Ron & family!"