517 E Washington St, Arma, KS 66712

WILMA MAXINE JAMES May 24, 1923 - February 22, 2023

Date of Funeral

February 27, 2023

Wilma “Maxine” James, 99, of Arcadia, Kansas died at 10:55 A.M. Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at the Arma Health and Rehabilitation Center in Arma, Kansas.

Mrs. James was born May 24, 1923 at rural Arcadia, Kansas the daughter of Dell R. and Delia M. Blincoe Leist. Maxine was a retired school teacher after 54 years of teaching in rural Missouri country schools, Arcadia, Mulberry, Hepler, and Girard schools. She lived in the Arcadia area most of her life. She was raised in rural Arcadia and graduated from Mindenmines High School. She later attended Kansas State Teachers College (PSU) and received a bachelor and masters degree in Education and also a specialists degree in education. She taught in several area schools retiring in Girard. She was a Chiefs fan and also liked going to the casinos with family. She married Obie H. James on November 20, 1943 at Ft. Scott, Kansas. Mr. James preceded her in death June 19, 1978. She was of the Christian Faith. She was Past Patron of the Eastern Star and a life member, a member of the Mirza Nobelles, and a member of the retired Teachers Association in Southeast Kansas. Survivors include a son, Jerry (Marilyn) James of rural Arcadia, a daughter, Debbie (Terry) Vanderpool of Frontenac, three granddaughters, Sarah (Jeremy) Rakes, Melissa (Aaron) Coester, and Julye (Josh) Smith, and seven great grandchildren, Mackenzie Coester, Alex Coester, Madison Coester, Jaxton Smith, Javin Smith, Cooper Rakes, and Russ Rakes. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Obie, a brother, Raymond Leist, and a sister, Ethelyn Boatright.

Funeral services will be at 10 A.M. Monday, February 27, 2023 at the Bedene Funeral Home at Arma, Kansas with Rev. Jim Sukraw officiating. Burial will be at the Pittsburg Garden of Memories Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 P.M. Sunday at the Bedene Chapel where friends may call after 11 A.M. Sunday. The family suggests memorials to the Mirza Shrine Transportation Fund. Donations may be sent to or left at the Bedene Funeral Home, 517 E. Washington, Box 621, Arma, Kansas 66712.


Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 3:00 - 4:00 P.M.
Bedene Funeral Home
Arma, Kansas

Funeral Service

Monday, February 27, 2023 at 10:00 A.M.
Bedene Funeral Home
Arma, Kansas


Garden of Memories
Pittsburg, Kansas


Mirza Shrine Transportation Fund


  1. REPLY
    Helen j. Green says

    My sympathy in the loss of your Mom. I can remember the days she taught me at Eureka. I kept in contact with her through phone calls and mail.

  2. REPLY
    HM Blincoe says

    My father HM (Henry Marshall) Blincoe grew up with Maxine and remembers her fondly and has been sharing stories of their time together. He wants the family to know he is sorry to hear of her passing.

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