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November 17, 2011

Elizabeth “Betty” James, 85, of Beach Lake, PA died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in Hospice at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 85.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Eaton James in 2006.

Born on February 28, 1926 in Tamaqua, she was the daughter of the late Dimetro and Helen Mikovich Barnosky. She was the last surviving member of a family of 10 children.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale and formerly served as a deacon; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and a Past Matron of Atlas Chapter 99 in Westfield, NJ, and an art instructor at the Area Agency on Aging in Honesdale.

She is survived by children Patricia Ruppert of New Jersey, Diana Bloxham and husband Edwin of Honesdale and Brian James of Honesdale; grandchildren Kevin Bloxham, Kenneth Bloxham, Kurt Bloxham, Colleen Ruppert, Meghan McGeehan, Alisha Eggleston, Corinne James, Jennifer James and Crystal James-Coburn; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by a son, Dennis W. James; granddaughter Brenda James; sisters Mary, Jennie, Anna, Ella and Martha; and brothers John, Steve, Mike and Teddy.

A memorial service was held November 12 in the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale Chapel with Rev. Michael Lyle officiating. Interment followed in the Indian Orchard Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Department of Hospice, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431; or the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale Memorial Fund, 201 Tenth Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.