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Jane "Jayne" James

Jane James          “beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend”

ROULETTE, PA---Jane “Jayne” James, 67, of Fishing Creek, Roulette, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a six week battle with pneumonia.

She was born on July 26, 1949 in Weston, West Virginia, a daughter of T.C. and Ella Alkire Gum. 

Jane grew up in Bradford and attended Bradford Schools.  She earned two GED’s later in life.

From June 1991 to October 2008, Jane was an advertising sales representative for radio station WFRM in Coudersport.  From November 2008 until her death, she was a sales representative and partner with Black Forest Broadcasting in Roulette.  She had previously been employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for several years and laundered the hospital’s drapes as a private contractor.  She also worked with the Chastain family at the ABC Restaurant in Burtville and as a young woman worked for Zippo Manufacturing, Airco Spear, Case Cutlery and the Bradford Hospital, all in Bradford. 

Jane was a recovering alcoholic of 36 years.

Jane was a member of the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church.  She loved her cats, Sassy and Rocky; and her dog, Freedom.

Surviving are two sons, Jody (Cindy) Gum of Gaston, OR and Nathan (Mindy) James of Indiana, PA; six grandchildren; two sisters, Julie (Dan) Day of Port Orange, FL and Janet (Paul) Day of Remond Beach, FL; several cousins, including special cousins Debb Lee of Smethport and Kelli Jo Mullin of Turtlepoint; her longtime companion, Gerri Miller of Roulette; a foster brother, Floyd (Michele) Studer; a foster sister, Elaine Kratz; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Jane was predeceased by a brother, John Gum; and a foster mother, Kathryn Snyder.

In keeping with Jane’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701; to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the Fishing Creek United Methodist Church, 1003 West Branch Fishing Creek Road, Roulette, PA 16746; or to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Jane’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jane, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com



I was saddened to learn of Jayne's passing. I'd known her over thirty years. I admired her and she was a good friend. I live in Washington DC and wish I had been in better touch. I will always miss her very much.

Bill Weitzel Nov 29 2016 12:00 AM

I am proud to claim Jayne as my Cousin. No one could dispute Jayne's individuality. Altho accredited for speaking Her mind, and make no mistake She certainly could ...... She more often than realized would bite back a comment that may possibly hurt. That's a very special talent that not many possess. The simplest things in life brought Her the most joy. Jayne was real in the purest sense of the word. Those of us graced by her affection will feel the emptiness for a very long time. God bless and hold you my Dearest of Friends. I will see you again.

Cousin Debb Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jane James

Your DebDeb Nov 21 2016 12:00 AM

Thank you. She had so much pain over the years and we are thankful it's gone and there are no more pills to take!

Gerri Nov 19 2016 12:00 AM

Gerri - so sorry to hear about Jayne's passing. She had a wonderful spirit and such a giving heart. We know she will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and other family and friends. Carma and Greta

Carma Horner and Greta Billings Nov 18 2016 12:00 AM

Gerri, we are so sorry for your loss. I truly believe she is with GOD and all her pain and suffering is gone. May you have comfort in knowing that. With deep sympathy, Diane & Mike

Diane & Mike Lovell Nov 17 2016 12:00 AM