Allison Marie James
03/06/1987 - 06/25/2020
Obituary For Allison Marie James
Allison Marie James, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 in Winfield, MO at age 33.
Allison, was born March 6, 1987 in Plano, TX and was raised in Carrollton, TX and St. Louis, MO. She graduated from South Technical High School in Sunset Hills, MO with a concentration in horticulture and graduated with honors from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX with a degree in Environmental Resource Management.
Allison was passionate about the environment and conservation. She had a life-long love for the understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Her work included several conservation-related positions including the Student Conservation Association, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the Missouri Department of Conservation. She loved plants and helping anything grow. She was an avid hobbyist and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and wildlife, including working with red-tailed hawks. Allison was exceptionally creative and an accomplished artist who loved to paint, draw, and create innovative designs and motifs. Minoring in Art at Texas State, one of her instructors once noted that he couldn’t understand why she wasn’t majoring in the subject since she was so talented.
All who knew her well saw Allison as a caring and generous person with a compassionate heart and a beautiful free spirit. While she touched the world with her many passions and accomplishments, she touched each of us with her unique gifts, insights, love, and friendship. Anyone who ever met Allison will never forget her, her abiding love of the world, and her unique individuality. Because she is unforgettable, she will never be forgotten. We will all miss her beyond words.
Allison is predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Henry and Julia James, and her cat Beefcake. She is survived by her loving parents, Patricia (nee Prokop) Williams of St. Charles, MO and Joel James of St. Louis, MO, her brother Bennett James of St. Louis, sister Kailey James of Redfield, IA, her maternal grandparents Barbara and Joseph (Bud) Prokop of Chesterfield, MO, Aunt and Uncles, Roberta Gottlieb of Fairfax, VA, Steven Prokop of Dundee, OR, John Prokop of Red Oak, IA. She will also be deeply missed by her stepmother, Debbie Pullin James, stepfather, Mark Williams, and stepsister, Kathryn Williams, along with many other extended family members and her many friends. Her cats GeGe and Man Man will miss her as well.
Memorial gifts in Allison James’s memory can be made to the World Bird Sanctuary, Bat Conservation International, and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Perennial plantings at her resting site could also be arranged through Bellefontaine Cemetery
In light of the COVID-19 restrictions and limitations on attendance for Allison’s service, the family will hold a celebration of Allison’s life once it is safe for people to again travel and be together.
To view the video of Allison's burial service, please send your email address to Debbie Pullin.
Trying to hold back my tears of pain and disbelief that Allison has passed. Last time I saw Allison was late May or early June. My husband and I had just returned from our Christmas visit in Arizona due to COVID. I hugged Allison as she was getting ready to leave our home and promised her I would remember her birthday this time. March 6th is Bill's and my anniversary. Bill and I returned to Arizona mid September until just before Christmas. Eventhough I didn't receive replies from texts I sent to Allison to say hello, I prayed she was well. March 6th I called Allison to wish her a happy birthday. Her number was not in service. I googled her name and her picture appeared in her obituary. I loved and adored Allison as a very dear friend and miss her deeply. She was a very beautiful, intelligent,artistic young woman who blessed our lives the moment our paths crossed. Please forgive me for not responding sooner and for my lengthy message. Allison must have been reaching out to me, because on March 5 I changed the password to my phone to gigi. My condolences go out to her mom who we had the pleasure of meeting and to her father and siblings whom we have never met but somehow seem to know from her stories. Allison loved her family deeply. Miss you Allison so very much! William Johnston and Keith Dagenais
I have a favorite poem that I often turn to in times of loss - There is a place that we call "Memory" - a province by itself, which though unseen, is home and haven to the heart - and there, in peace and beauty, waiting - are those with whom we shared our yesterdays.
My sincere condolences to Allison's family. Allison was a beautiful soul. I will miss her warmth and her smile.
Consider yourself fortunate to have experienced Allison's tenderness, curiosity, sensitivity, love, and smile. What a spirit this lovely young lady had! As a landlord to her, I was blessed just to have witnessed a portion of her youth and sprouting maturity. My deepest condolences to her family. We miss you, Allison!
Fare Thee Well, I love you more than words can tell...
My deepest sympathies to Allison's family and friends. May you find peace in your many beautiful memories.
My deepest sympathies for your loss. May your memories of Allison and the blessing she was in your life bring you peace.
Sending all of my sympathies and hugs in my heart with hopes and wishes that Allison's beautiful spirit will live on throughout the world of nature that she loved.
Be at peace with your Creator Allison. You dont have to fight anymore. May your beautiful smile be a blessing to the heavens.
Ca' the Yowes to the Knowes BY ROBERT BURNS Chorus Ca' the yowes to the knowes, Ca' them where the heather grows Ca' them where the burnie rows, My bonie dearie. Hark! the mavis' evening sang Sounding Cluden's woods amang, Then a-fauldin let us gang, My bonie dearie. We'll gae down by Cluden side, Thro' the hazels spreading wide, O'er the waves that sweetly glide To the moon sae clearly. Yonder Cluden's silent towers, Where at moonshine midnight hours, O'er the dewy-bending flowers, Fairies dance sae cheery. Ghaist nor bogle shalt thou fear; Thou 'rt to love and Heaven sae dear, Nocht of ill may come thee near, My bonie dearie. Fair and lovely as thou art, Thou hast stown my very heart; I can diebut canna part, My bonie dearie. This Scottish folk song, Drive the Ewes to the Hills, brings Allison to mind.: the ups and downs of the melodic rhythms, the flowers and the fairies, the water of the Cluden's sounds to sooth her soul, the promise that no ghosts (ghaists) or goblins ( bogle) will disturb her, we will miss her as long as we live, and, of course, she was so bonnie and is so dear.
I remember Allison's presentation to our PEO chapter about the natural habitat of Missouri. She was passionate and very knowledgeable. I loved knowing such a dedicated woman. I am so sorry for your loss. Allison was young and so full of life. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Mary Drastal
Allison was an absolute ray of sunshine. She will be missed by many. Many hugs to you Pat and Mark.
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