Betty “Carole” James (McCleary)

November 24, 2020

Lexington Park, MD On Sunday, November 15, 2020, Betty “Carole” James (McCleary) peacefully went home to be with the Lord.

Born on May 27, 1934 in Steubenville, OH to Emma Elizabeth McCleary McLean (Weaver) and Charles Melvin McCleary. Proceeding her death were her husband, Clifford B. James, Jr; her daughters, Cheryl L. Young (James) and Constance B. Costanzo (James); her parents and half-sister.

Carole was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Carole and Cliff were married for over 30 years and raised four daughters; Cheryl, Connie, Carolyn, and Carla.

Carole enjoyed being a Navy wife. The Navy took her and her family to the West Coast, Newfoundland, and finally to the place they called home, Lexington Park, Maryland.

Carole loved taking care of children and pursued a career as an Assistant Teacher for HeadStart and in local preschools. During her retirement years, Carole was an avid gardener and loved working in her yard. She also enjoyed crabbing, going to the beach, and going on picnics.

Carole valued her friendships and always had time to fellowship over a cup of coffee and a doughnut. She had a beautiful smile, loved to laugh, and enjoyed being with her family.

Carole will be buried alongside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.