Jodie James, 54, 4526 Gleason Road, Lakewood, lost her battle with breast cancer at 5:33 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013. in Lexington Medical Center, Lexington, S.C.
She was born June 18, 1959, in Busti, a daughter of the late Arthur and Joyce Sturzenbecker Boardman.
She was a 1977 graduate of Southwestern Central School.
Jodie worked as a dental hygienist for 20 years, retired and served as a committed volunteer at Busti Church of God and the community in the following ways: codirector of the Children’s Ministry, co founder of the bus ministry, cofounder of Praise Puppets, founder and active leader and director of AWANA program, founder and active leader and director of Kids Zone Ministry, Sunday school teacher, longtime coordinator of VBS program, wrote scripts for Christmas, Easter, and children’s programs, interior decorator of the church, chairperson of discipleship, cowriter of the curriculum for read through the Bible in one year, codirector of children’s plays, leader of Bible studies in her home, and volunteer elementary art teacher at Bethel Baptist School.
Her main love was working with children and seeing them come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. She was a very giving and generous person with a heart of a servant. She loved to swim, scrapbook the events of her life with her family and friends and do crafts with the many children she would watch for others. She loved to talk on the phone with her daughters every day and FaceTime her grandson, Landon. Jodie loved to laugh and live life to the fullest. She has touched so many lives by being a genuine servant of God whose impact on others will continue through out the generations. Her life is a true legacy.
Surviving are her husband, Duane James, whom she married Jan. 7, 1979; two daughters: Lindsey (James) Wiggins and Ashley (Matt) Miller, both of South Carolina; grandson Landon Wiggins; siblings Sandra (Walt) Spacholtz of Florida, David (Patricia) Boardman, Steven (Sally) Boardman, Rhonda Boardman, Michael (Justine) Boardman and Jeffrey (Tiffany) Boardman, all living in the Jamestown area; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Busti Church of God. The Rev. Roy E. Ferguson and the Rev. Scott Smith will officiate.
Burial will be in Busti Cemetery followed by a celebration of her life back at the Busti Church of God.
Friends will be received for 24 p.m. and 69 p.m. Friday in the Lind Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Ministry at Busti Church of God, 996 Forest Ave., Ext., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Jodie at www.lindfuneralhome.com.