December 28, 1926–December 8, 2019
Mrs. Gertrud Juliana James, 92, of Pineville, Missouri, departed this life on Sunday afternoon, December 8, 2019, at McDonald County Living Center in Anderson, Missouri.
Gertrud entered this life on December 28, 1926, in Gersfeld, Germany, born to the late Kurt and Helene Bressel. She was raised and attended school in Germany. On April 8, 1954, in Germany, she was united in marriage to a young serviceman, Jimmie James. They left Germany in the early 1960’s and moved to Pineville, Missouri. Besides being a homemaker, Gertrud worked several years as a CNA, retiring in 1996, from Concordia Care Center in Bella Vista, Arkansas. She enjoyed cooking, caring for her animals, crocheting, knitting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Noel Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmie James on January 26, 1985; three children, Glenna, Jesse and Kurt James; two grandchildren, Robert William Stark and Lesley James; and a brother, Robert Bressel.
Gertrud is survived by her three children, Maria Regier of Springfield, Missouri, Karin Stark of Southwest City, Missouri and Denise Rawls and husband, John Payne, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; thirteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held graveside on Friday, December 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin, Missouri, with John Payne officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri. Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Missouri.