Amira St. James, 43 of Abilene, Texas passed away at Hendrick Hospice Care on May 22nd, 2017, with family and close friends by her side.
Amira was born on December 6, 1973, in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Debbie (Loring) Green. She married Christopher St. James on August 19, 2000, in Glendale, Arizona.
Amira impacted the lives of countless people through volunteer work in important community programs. As a state representative for the Heroes for Hope Program, Amira inspired others to fight cancer with courage and bravery. Raising money for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life was a passion of hers. She collected blankets for the Noah Project women’s shelter and Child Protective Services. At MD Anderson, she led a campaign to provide activity kits to hospitalized children. She formed the first spouse program at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, and to empower others, Amira’s journey with endometriosis was chronicled in a book by Kerry-Ann Morris.
She loved the ocean, geocaching, cross-stich, scrapbooking, making hand-crafted cards and baby blankets, but most of all, spending time with her precious family.
The continuous outpouring of love, prayers, and support for Amira during her nearly seven year cancer battle is a testament to how people felt about her, and the difference she made in the lives of others. She was a role model for courage and grace, and relied upon her faith to carry her through the most difficult times.
In addition to her husband, Chris; Amira is survived by her son, Troy; and daughter, Kayla, both at home; her brother, Jay Harris (Abigail) of Peoria, AZ; her mother-in-law, Connie Ward of Perry, Ohio; her father-in-law, John St. James of Painesville, Ohio; her sister-in-law Courtney St. James (Mike); her grandmother, Monnie Loring of Glendale, AZ; aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews; as well as hundreds of close friends.
Amira was preceded in death by her mother, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Visitation will be 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 PM in the Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene, 7457 W. Lake Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Inheritance of Hope program are appreciated.
Forever in our hearts, your smile will always stay. For when we think of loving kindness, your face shows right away.
I am thinking of you all with much love and prayers. Amira inspired us all in her fight everyday....always sending positive messages and talking of her beloved family. My heart aches for you, but I hope the loving memories you have will comfort you and help you find peace. Love, Kathy
Kathy DaltonMentor, OH
Rest easy Amira. You touched our family deeply and we love you for that. May God bless your soul and two beautiful children and husband. You will always be in our hearts.
The VanJura'sTomball, TX
My beautiful friend, Amira. You were always such an inspiration to me. I met you almost 20 years ago at the Phoenix police department when we worked there together. We quickly became friends and I have followed your life journey since. You have been through so many difficult situations but always stayed positive and strong. To the last day in this world, you still inspired me and so many others. Your children and Chris are blessed and you were also blessed. Such a great love you all shared through think and thin. Thank you for being my friend and loving me. You were there for me through my struggles as well. I miss you my friend. I love you forever and will never forget such a remarkable woman. RIP my friend. Finally at peace and pain free. Thank you for what you did for everyone.
Carm TrapaniPhoenix, AZ
Mary and Ed HendersonApache Junction, AZ
Prayers for love and peace to surround your precious family!. We will miss you on this earth Amira. Until we meet again!!
Terry and Vick Butts
Vicki ButtsAbilene, TX
Amira has touched many lives during her time her on earth. I loved the fact that even through her own struggle, she reached out and was a blessing to others. Thank you Amira for teaching me about service to others. Even through my darkest storm, I still have the ability to serve. I know she is now beginning her hardest job yet, being God's angel.
Dawnetta HooperClayton, NC
My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family. Amira fought the battle bravely but as we know not all the battles can be won. Sending my love to you all. Aunt Jeanne
Jeanne WardSaint Augustine, FL
Amira, a lady that touched my heart in ways I can't even express. When I first received her as my Chemo buddy, thru the Chemo Angel organization, I knew we would have a deep connection. I lost a friend, but heaven gained an Angel. Rest in peace, my dear sweet Amira. Deepest condolences to Chris and the kids - keep those memories close to your heart.
Your in our thoughts & prayers.
Love, Regina & Jim
Regina WillsPainesville, OH
You will be forever in my heart and missed dearly!!
We are so sorry for your loss! May the Lord stay at your side in the days, weeks and months that follow his taking of one precious angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.
Dave and Nancy MillerFairport Harbor, OH
Amira, I will greatly miss seeing your smiling face, amazing positivity and inspiring posts every day. You have such a beautiful spirit that will live on endlessly. I'm so thankful we met and became friends. Although we never got the chance to go to a Reba concert together, we will go to many when I see you on the other side! My heart and my prayers are with Chris, Troy, Kayla and all your loved ones in this difficult time.
Chandra McCoyAvondale, AZ