Ethel Ardella James, 97, Brainerd, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2009, at Bethany Good Samaritan Village. She was born Dec. 7, 1911, in Merrifield to Guy and Emma (Ludlow) Pratt.
She married Claude Antwin James on Feb. 1, 1929, in Aitkin. She was a member of the local chapter (the Captain Robert Orr chapter) of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Merrifield Marathons and past member of the Elks. Ethel really enjoyed cooking, especially for her neighbors at Twin Palms Park, in Arizona, where she and Claude wintered for many years. She also enjoyed baking and sharing treats for the residents at Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Ethel made many things with her hands, including knitted, crocheted and embroidered items. Fishing was also a joy of Ethel's.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty (Martin) Ehrhardt; Merrifield; grandchildren, Terry (Patty) Ehrhardt, Great Falls, Mont., Lori (Tim) Clark, Longview, Wash.; great- grandchildren, Patrick James Clark, Josephine Olivia Clark, Longview, Wash.; niece, Pam McMenamey, who was greatly involved in the last years of Ethel's life, and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband, Claude, on Sept. 30, 1992; brothers, Earl, Leo and Sheldon.
Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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