Ruth Harden James, 83, formerly of the Center Point area, passed away on Monday, July 21, 2003, in the Carle Arbours Nursing Home in Savoy, Ill.
Born in Champaign, Ill, on July 20, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Harden and Maudie Burgess Harden.
She grew up in the Rantoul and Gifford, Ill., area, where she attended school. She worked in a restaurant in Champaign, Ill., until 1962, when she moved to the Center Point, Ind., area. In 1965, she married Robert A. James, whom she met when they were both working in the same restaurant at Champaign. He preceded her on March 13, 1994.
After working in several different restaurants during her life time, she retired at age 60. On March 10, 1994, she entered the Holly Hill Care Facility, where she remained until Jan. 31, 2002. In February 2002, she moved to the Carle Arbours Nursing Home in Savoy, Ill., so that she could be closer to her son who lives Potomac, Ill.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Avis Vermillion, Potomac, Ill.; two brothers, Glen Harden, Villa Grove, Ill., and Howard Harden, Austin Texas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters, and a step-great-grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Miller Memorial Chapel with Rev. Robert Sampson officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon to service time. At her request, cremation will follow. Burial of her cremains will be in Clinton Falls Cemetery in Putnam County at a later date.