Madeline James, 96, Swansea


Madeline James

Known for her braided rugs, cane back chairs, refinished antique furniture

Madeline (Goff) James, “Maddie,” 96, of Swansea died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at her son’s home. She was the wife of the late Henry C. James.

Born in East Providence, a daughter of the late Adelbert and Edna (Carpenter) Goff, she spent her youth in Rhode Island, moving to Swansea in 1954. She was a graduate of East Providence High School and attended Bryant College.

Mrs. James worked as a secretary for the Swansea Water District, retiring in 1986. She was a longtime member of the First Christian Congregational Church where she served as secretary and worked in its Thrift Shop.  She was a member of the Swansea Garden Club, and the Swansea Historical Society.

She was well known for her braided rugs, cane back chairs and refinished antique furniture.  She enjoyed knitting, baking, sewing, gardening, writing letters, entertaining friends and, most of all, spending time with her family.  An exceptional woman, she was most content helping others. She was a lifelong swimmer, swimming regularly up until her 96th birthday.

Surviving are two sons, Robert G. James and wife Susan of Sandwich, and William Henry James, DC and wife Desiree of Livingston, NJ; three daughters, Susan Demers and husband Robert, Marianne “Bay” Owen, all of Little Compton,  and Diane  James, DC of Oakland, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, five  great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Adelbert Anthony Goff, Marion Borden and Ruth Hetherington.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday June 7, at 4 p.m. at the First Christian Congregational Church, 1113 GAR Highway, Swansea.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the First Christian Congregational Church would be welcome.  Burial is private.

Arrangements in the care of Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Birchcrest, Swansea. Directions, tributes:




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