Wife of retired KNCSB staff member dies

Lavonne James, wife of retired KNCSB staff member Ken James, died Saturday, Feb. 18, in Manhattan, Kan., after a 10-year battle with cancer.

She led breakout sessions on interfaith topics at the KNCSB Wonderful Weekend for Women for several years. She was appreciated for her eloquence and knowledge.

Mrs. James was born Nov. 25, 1945 in Sheridan, Wyo., and grew up in the oilfields of Wyoming.

In the spring of 1965, she became a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. That fall she met Ken James. They were married on Dec. 4, 1965, in Newcastle, Wyo.

She served at her husband’s side as he pastored churches in Texas, New Mexico and Kansas. They served at College Heights Baptist Church in Manhattan, Kan., for 10 years.

In 1990, she and Ken were appointed as missionaries by the SBC Home Mission Board. They worked in interfaith ministries and served in 42 states.

She was a warm, gracious woman who served as an example and mentor for many young women.

Lavonne was employed by the Manhattan-Ogden school district for 17 years. She served at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School as a paraprofessional in special education with her lead teacher, Joan McIlvain.

A memorial service was held Friday morning, March 2, at Ogden Baptist Church with Pastor Kevin Dunaway officiating. Private family inurnment was in the Kansas Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Memorials may be sent to Ogden Baptist Church. Or memorials may be sent to The Lavonne James Women’s Evangelism Fund, which has been set up with the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation. Please make checks out to KS-NE Southern Baptist Foundation and designate them to the Lavonne James Women’s Evangelism Fund. Mail them to the Foundation, in care of KNCSB, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606-2331.

Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan, Kan., is in charge of arrangements. Read the obituary