JAMES, Phyllis J. (O'Dell)

Friday, October 12, 2012


Phyllis June O'Dell James, 84, passed away on October 12, 2012, in Boulder. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jack James; her children: Lynne Stair and her husband, Bob, of Golden, Jenni James of Santa Fe, and Lisa Wells of Longmont; her brother, Denny, and his wife, LaNelle, of Madill, Oklahoma; six grandchildren: Marianne Hartner-Godown and her husband, Jeff Godown; Amanda Kelly and her husband, Nate; Zachary Wells and his wife, Aubree; Lauren, Taylor, and Nicholas Wells; and four great-grandchildren: Liam and Quinlan Kelly, and Kayla and Marisa Wells.


Phyllis was born to Thomas and Mildred (Denison) O'Dell in Hobart, Oklahoma, and she lived in Oklahoma throughout her childhood and young adult years. In 1949 she graduated from Oklahoma College for Women with a degree in Home Economics. She married her childhood sweetheart, Jack, in 1950, and the newlyweds headed west to begin married life in California. A few years later they moved to Tulsa, where Phyllis was deeply involved in the local natural childbirth education organization. Phyllis and Jack brought their family to Littleton, Colorado, in 1960, and in 1966 the family settled in Boulder. Phyllis was active in the First United Methodist Church, and she eventually became the wedding coordinator there. Later she worked as the wedding coordinator for Avey Portrait Studio. Her lifelong passion for fashion and her experience working with brides led to the fulfillment of her dream to own a bridal shop, and in 1981 she opened Bride's Gallery Ltd. in Boulder, along with her co-owner and dear friend, Fran Ziegler. The store operated for 17 years and was a favorite with brides from all along the Front Range. In 2000 Phyllis and Jack moved to Frasier Meadows Retirement Community. There Phyllis volunteered to run the Clothes Closet, a thrift shop, which brought her joy for several years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the Phillips Chapel at Frasier Meadows, followed by a reception in the Sky Lounge to celebrate Phyllis's life with love, laughter, and memories.