Margaret Ellen Chandler James
Margaret Ellen Chandler James, 89, died peacefully at Providence Hospital on Saturday, May 16, 2009. Visitation will be at Dunbar Funeral Home Devine Street Chapel on Thursday, May 21 from 6:30- 8:30 pm. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 22 at 3 pm at Union Presbyterian Church near Lane, South Carolina. The family will also receive friends in the fellowship hall at Union Church following the service.
Born on a large farm in Gourdin, South Carolina, on November 25, 1919, Mrs. James was the eldest daughter of William Roslyn and Mary Harriet Small Chandler.
Mrs. James was married to her beloved husband, the late William Fairey James, for 58 years, and their union exemplified the beauty of sacrificial love, the blessing of unwavering commitment, and the joy of shared interests.
Mrs. James is survived by their daughter, Faye James Pender and her husband Edward L. Pender of Columbia, granddaughter Eliza Pender Foster and her husband, The Reverend Edward J. Foster Jr. of Blacksburg, Virginia, granddaughter Margaret Ellen Pender of Columbia, and great grandchildren Ethan James Foster, Blake Edward Foster, and Abbey Margaret Foster.
Mrs. James is also survived by her brother, Roslyn Chandler and his wife Gertrude Chandler; sisters: Ruth Ripley, Mildred Gillam, and Marjorie Fretwell.
Mrs. James was preceded in death by her beloved infant children, Ellen Kay and Russell Brooks James. She was also preceded in death by her siblings Watson Chandler, Stuart Chandler, Louise Lesesne, Harriet Worley, Harold Chandler, and youngest brother J.C. Small.
Mrs. James was a gifted cook, famous for her dishpan cake, blue ribbon yeast rolls, and pickles, which she shared generously. She was an accomplished seamstress, garnering another S.C. State Fair blue ribbon for a children's book that she designed and sewed for her granddaughters.
Mrs. James and her dear husband were avid travelers, having visited all 48 contiguous states, Canada, and Mexico, often including family members in their adventures.
Their love of history, music, and art also inspired them to travel in Europe and to become active members of many cultural societies.
Mrs. James was devoted to correspondence and delighted in receiving letters from family and friends. She was a faithful member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church in Kingstree, First Scots Presbyterian Church in Charleston, and most recently First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. She also was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Cameo Club, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the Sierra Club, and the Robert Burns Society.
The family expresses deep appreciation for the medical professionals who provided proficient and compassionate care for Mrs. James; the latter years of her life were enriched by their efforts. The family also remembers with fondness and gratitude Mrs. James' many cherished friends at Forest Pines.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund, 1324 Marion St., Columbia, SC 29201; Reformed University Fellowship, 1400 N. Brown Rd., Suite 104, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043; or the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. 138 Logan St., Charleston, SC 29401.
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