Barbara N. "Jaime" James, 1960-2005

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Steamboat Springs resident Barbara N. "Jaime" James died as a result of brain cancer on Dec. 2, 2005, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 45.

Jaime was born April 12, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo. She spent most of her childhood in Tampa, Fla. She graduated from Tampa Preparatory School and received her registered nurse's degree from Jefferson Davis College in Brewton, Ala.

She served as a pediatric nurse at Tampa General Hospital from 1987 to fall 1997, when she developed her first brain tumor and had to resign.

She moved to Steamboat Springs in September 1998 and married J.T. Thorup a year later. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Jaime enjoyed reading and outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding. She particularly loved Humble Ranch, where she participated in activities to improve her balance. She also served as a volunteer there.

She is survived by her husband, J.T. Thorup; her parents, William and Gloria James; her sister, Christy and her husband John Bisbee of Tampa; her brother, Bruce and his wife Barbara James of Portland, Ore.; her nephews, Finnegan and Claes James; her aunt and uncle, Jean and Christopher Field of Coral Gables, Fla., and their children and grandchildren; her aunt and uncle, JoAnn and George Smith of St. Louis, Mo., and their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, her family has established the Jaime James Scholarship Fund at Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center. This fund will enable children who don't have insurance or funds to receive hippo therapy treatments -- physical therapy on horseback. Memorial donations can be made in to Humble Ranch in Jaime's name, P.O. Box 776290, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Donations also can be made in Jaime's name to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, or the Doak Walker Care Center, 1100 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.

A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at the United Methodist Church.

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