Annette Greenwell James 1932 ~ 2011Comment on this story
After a short, but sudden and severe illness, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Annette Greenwell James, passed away Tuesday, May 17th at home in the arms of her loving husband.Annette was born January 7, 1932 in Ogden, Utah. She lost her father on her 16th birthday and her mother two short months after she was married. Both were only 49 at their passing and she missed them terribly throughout her life. At Ogden High School Annette spotted the student body president and told her friends this was the man she was going to marry. On February 2, 1951, Annette married her high school sweetheart, Radio & TV Sportscaster Paul James. Both were 19 at the time, and they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past February. By age 14, Annette was an accomplished concert pianist. Her favorite composer was Chopin, and she played his pieces with extraordinary skill. At one time Ogden High had five baby grand pianos. Mom and four other pianists performed numerous times for the student body and community. Her thrilling rendition of Bumble Boogie won her standing ovations. Annette could have pursued a professional career in music, but instead chose to share her gifts and talents with family, friends and in service to her Church. As a favorite piano teacher for 25 years, she taught hundreds of students to love music. During her involvement with the Young Women, she wrote the storylines and original music for numerous award-winning road shows. She wrote a "Just Say No To Drugs" program that was utilized statewide by the LDS Church. Each year, in collaboration with Paul, they wrote the stake musical Christmas fireside. Dad was the narrator and mom directed the choir. It was truly a highlight of her life and an uplifting and beautiful gift she offered each year to the Mt. Olympus Stake. Annette was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in many capacities and gave untiring service to all. She cherished her callings as Primary President, Ward Chorister, Young Women's leader, Visiting Teacher and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Paul and Annette had the grand privilege of visiting some of the most exotic and remote places on earth. What stories they had to tell of their time spent in Tibet, Mongolia, Russia, New Guinea, Siberia and every country in Europe. She made friends all over the world. Our family mourns her passing and will miss her dearly. She was the "glue" that held our family together. To know Annette was to love her. She was the quiet strength, the listening ear, grace, beauty, compassion, the unselfish giver, the "wind beneath our wings," and truly an angel in our midst. She is survived by her sweetheart Paul, four children Susan (Chris) Cooper, Steve (Teri) James, Cindy (Larry) Payne and Cheri (Scott) Stewart; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and sister Elaine Reisner. Preceded in death by her parents, brother Emmett and grandson Michael. Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 21, at the Fortuna South LDS Chapel, 4407 S. Fortuna Way (3600 East). A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday May 20, at the Holladay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 S. Highland Dr. There will also be a viewing from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the Church on Saturday.