Kathleen M. James, 53, Social Security employee

November 30, 2005

Kathleen M. James, a retired Social Security Administration computer specialist, died of breast cancer Thursday at her Catonsville home. She was 53.

Born Kathleen Marie Eick in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, she was a 1970 graduate of Seton High School. She earned a teaching degree from what was then Towson State College.

She worked in sales for the old Montgomery Ward store in Towson and did clerical work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Northwood before becoming a benefits authorizer at Social Security in Woodlawn, where she worked for 30 years. She was a computer specialist when she retired in September.

She enjoyed gardening and taking exercise classes.

After her cancer diagnosis in 2001, she participated in Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation fundraising events, including the annual Race for the Cure. She was too ill to attend the race this year. "We had 49 walkers on her team this year and called ourselves the James Gang," said sister Dolores J. Coffey of Reisterstown. "We raised over $10,000 in her name. She was very excited."

A Mass was offered Monday at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member.

In addition to her sister, survivors include her husband of 30 years, Earl E. James, a building supply clerk; a son, Randy D. James of Catonsville; her mother, Mary M. Eick of Overlea; two brothers, Joseph Eick of Reisterstown and James Eick of Perry Hall; two other sisters, Teresa M. Whittle and Janet A. Eisen, both of Overlea; 11 nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and -nephews.

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