Elizabeth N. James, 93

Mother of 15 children

May 11, 2007

Elizabeth N. James, a homemaker and mother of 15 who was known for her pies and cakes, died in her sleep May 1 at her Northeast Baltimore home. She was 93.

Elizabeth N. Tyler was born in St. Mary's County and moved with her family to Baltimore, where she graduated from Dunbar High School.

She was married in 1930 to Edward James, a longshoreman who died in 1971.

Mrs. James lived for 60 years in the 1900 block of E. Chase St., until being uprooted by urban renewal and moving to Omaha Avenue in 2004.

Mrs. James enjoyed caring for her children and home, and was known for her desserts.

"She made delectable sweet potato pies and sock-it-to-me cakes that had nuts and cinnamon. It socked it to you when you ate it. That's how it got its name," said a daughter, Eunice E. James of Baltimore.

Mrs. James was a member for more than 70 years of First Apostolic Faith Church, where services were held Monday.

Also surviving are four sons, Paul James, Henry James, Howard James and Joseph James, all of Baltimore; seven other daughters, Marion Peoples, Mary Greene, Pauline Ervin, Dorothy Johnson, Rhoda James and Sonia Copeland, all of Baltimore, and Louise James of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She outlived three of her children: daughter Esther Russell, who died in 1994, and sons Edward James Jr., who died in 2005, and Stephen James, who died in 1986.

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