Phyllis's Story

PRESQUE ISLE - Phyllis A. James, 89 died peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday morning June 25, 2014 at a Presque Isle health care facility. She was born in Presque Isle, Sept. 10, 1924, the daughter of Moses and Della (Horsman) Melville.

She worked as a sales clerk for a number of years at Marston's Book Store and at Wray's Flower Shop in Presque Isle. Phyllis was a 70 year member of the Grant Memorial Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters; Glenda Johnston and her husband, Dave of Greenbush, Gloria Ward of Virginia, and Gayle James of Presque Isle, a son, Gerry James and his wife, Carol of Presque Isle, a daughter-in-law, Gail James of North Carolina, nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a very special friend, Tammy Walton of Presque Isle. Phyllis was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence E. James, a son, Barney James, a grandson, Brian James, two sisters; Dorothy Fuller and Virginia Skillins, and three brothers, Ed, Phil, and John Melville.

A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Fairmount Cemetery with Rev. Bernard Brown officiating. A reception will be held immediately following the service at Grant Memorial Methodist Church. Donations may be made in her memory to Grant Memorial Methodist Church local missions fund, PO. Box 992, Presque Isle, ME 04769. Online condolences may be expressed at
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