Jennie Lynn James

Jennie Lynn James, 57, Lawrence KS passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at LMH Health.

Jennie was born on February 10, 1966, in Lawton, OK. She was the daughter of Samuel James, Jr. and Patricia (Ware) James. Grandparents were Wilson Mauchety and Pearl Pewo Ware (maternal) and Samuel M. Sr. and May Whiteshirt James (paternal). 

Survivors include her siblings, LaQuinta James, Samuel James III, William and his wife Teddi James, and Sammay James.  Nephews Darrell Johnson and A’ram Johnson, and nieces Leatha Pearl James and Patricia Lynn James, three grandchildren and many beloved family and friends. 

She was proceeded in death by both parents and grandparents. 

Jennie was an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes. She was also Choctaw, Kiowa, and Comanche tribes. 

Jennie graduated from Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, Oklahoma in 1984 and Haskell Indian Nations University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also had an Associate Degree from Haskell. She worked at Haskell as an English Teacher, as a Housing Staff, and as part of the Haskell Extension Program. She spent many years in the service industry. Jennie was a published poet and writer. She was passionate about animal rescue and animal rights in general. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on June 3, 2023 from 12 noon to 3:00pm at the Haskell Light located at 137 Pawnee Avenue in Lawrence, Kansas. 

A graveside service will be held on June 24, 2023 at Red Stone Cemetery in Anadarko, Oklahoma. 

Wear purple in Jennie’s honor. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Jennie’s honor to the Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W 13th Street, Lawrence, KS, 66044.

6 Condolences

  1. M. Dean Sadongei on June 1, 2023 at 11:59 am

    Hugs and condolences to all that knew and loved Jennie. She was a special person who always greeted you with a hug and a smile! ❤️

  2. Carolyn King on June 1, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    On loving memory of Jennie. She was a great friend and co-worker while we were at the Haskell Extension Program sending condolences to the family and all her friends.

  3. Erica Bread on June 1, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    I have many wonderful memories of Jennie. She was a member of our church and one Halloween she was a cat. She only had ears, whiskers and a tail 😊 her laugh was infectious and her smile lit up the room. Her hugs were heartfelt and she will be greatly missed. My condolences to her siblings, nieces and nephews, family, friends and loved ones.

  4. Jane Patrick on June 2, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Jennie was such a light in my life. I treasure the time we spent together at WheatFields. She was loved by her coworkers and many of the restaurant’s regulars.

  5. From the Patterson’s on June 3, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    I’ve known Jennie and since I was a young 15 year old working at McDonald’s and she was one of my manager.( my older sister Mina also worked with her as well) Later on, my mom Kumi and my sister Mina had the privilege of working with her at Wheatfields. Jennie was always so kind to my family and I’ll always be grateful for that. And that infectious laugh and that smile!! Can’t get better than that! The Patterson’s are sending your family all the positive vibes and prayers. Losing a family is never easy and it changes you.. but I hope the James family finds comfort in all the great stories and memories being shared about Jennie! Love you all!

  6. Jules on June 5, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Jennie was Love and Laughter. I loved and laughed with her all the way….she made the whenever/whatever early day easier. I will miss you, soul sister, and may you rest in peace, knowing what a lighthouse you were <3

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