Sara Elizabeth James


(nee McKinnon)

After bravely fighting cancer for three years, Sara passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Vernon Hospice House, on July 1, 2007. Cremation has taken place. Born in Victoria, BC, March 3, 1941, Sara was daughter of Findlay McKinnon and Beatrice Ruttan. Beloved wife of David James, mother of Kathryn Stewart and Julianne (Greg) Wylie, adored Grandma to Ryan, Holly, James & Fiona. Big sister to her favourite brother Peter McKinnon. Step-mother of Julie James (Ivan), Gary James, Leonard (Tammy) James and family, Francis (Stuart) Leblanc and family. Sara also leaves behind adored cousins, Kat and Juli’s Dad, Bill Stewart and his family, as well as many other special friends, new and longtime — some for 60 years. Sara was a teacher/ librarian with the Surrey School Board (Holly and Bear Creek schools). She was a life-time member of P.E.O. and had a love of the water, sailing and world travel. Her smile and laugh will not be forgotten. Her red hair matched her vibrant personality and her hot rod ‘Mustang Sally’. Sara was known for her elegance in dealing with challenges and her classy way of dressing. She made an impression on all those that knew her and will never be forgotten. A celebration of Sara’s life will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Sovereign House on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream, BC, 7604 Kidston Rd. Colourful, happy, semi-casual attire is encouraged. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of VJH, the VJH Cancer Clinic, the caring ‘angels’ at Hospice House, and especially to Dr. William Charlton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of Vernon, 3506- 27th Ave. Vernon, BC, V1T 1S4. Condolences may be sent by email to

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