Margaret B. James, 88


Margaret B. James, 88, a longtime resident of Selbyville, Del., died Nov. 19, 2010, at the Methodist Country House in Greenville, Del.

She was an elementary school teacher for more than 30 years, primarily in Selbyville. A sweet and kind woman, she was dedicated to her profession and beloved by many of her students. During summer vacations, James enjoyed traveling with her family throughout the United States, visiting all states but Alaska.

James was raised as a Methodist and was deeply involved in the activities of her family’s church, Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville. She participated in Salem’s religious and social activities, including the various women’s organizations within the church.

After her retirement, she enjoyed taking daily walks with friends, playing cards, and frequent luncheons with friends. Always interested in genealogy, she joined organizations dedicated to the preservation of the America Colonial heritage, including the Daughters of the American Colonists, the Colonial Dames and the National Society of Founders and Patriots of America. She was most active in the Delmarva leadership of the Daughters of the American Colonists and served as Regent of the Hoornkill Chapter of that organization from 1988 to 1991 and served as the State Regent for Delaware from 1994 to 1997.

James was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Kate (Williams) Beauchamp; husband, William T. James; and brother, Franklin Beauchamp. She is survived by her sons, John E. James of Wilmington, Del., and William F. James of Chula Vista, Calif.

A visitation was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22, 2010; burial was to be private, in Bishopville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association of Delaware; 200 Continental Dr., Suite 101; Newark, DE 19713.