Jenna James

Date of Birth

December 19, 1927

Date of Death

February 14, 2016

“Our beloved Jenna transitioned on February 14th after a short illness. Jenna was surrounded by her whole family including her sister Shirley and her brother George.

She shared in her final days “I’m a happy die-er”.

A sketch of Jenna James seems to start with falling in love with love itself. Loving Kenneth, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her collection of eccentric friends, embracing a zest for life, and a lifelong crush on the Beautiful. Her internal vision was always deeply attentive and welcoming of what each day would reveal. We all remember her laugh, her ideas about style and taste: funny & fierce…that’s our Jenna.

Jenna and Her husband, Kenneth James moved to Santa Barbara in 1959. They celebrated their 70thanniversary in July, 2015. Jenna loved to garden, draw and paint and enjoyed taking classes in SB Adult Education. She spent many long walks around the city and ocean of Santa Barbara with Kenneth. She worked together with Kenneth to create Casa Plastering 1963, Casa Insulation 1974 & Santa Barbara Insulation 1978.

Jenna loved the view of the ocean from their home here in Santa Barbara and spent many hours with family and friends enjoying the beauty of their home. Jenna leaves behind her husband Kenneth, children; Karen, Roger (Denise), David (Linda), grandchildren; Jemal (Gina), Felicia (Terry), Arlyn (Stephanie), Jana (Michael) and Matt, and great grandchildren; Blayke, Jaxon, Sora, Rowan, Hunter Victoria and Noa Venessa. Her family, extended family and many friends will miss her so much.”

Donations (In memory of Jenna James) can be sent to Santa Barbara Food Bank at 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110. Or online at


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