Betty (Mattas) James, 90, Hollidaysburg, died Thursday evening at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of Clair and Irene (Love) Mattas.
She graduated from Altoona High School and attended Pennsylvania State University. In 1945, she co-founded with her husband, the late Richard James, James Industries Inc., maker of Slinky Toys. In 1959, she took over management of the company, moving it from Philadelphia to Bellwood, Pa., in 1961, and then to Hollidaysburg, Pa., in 1965. She retired from the business in 1998. She was an astute and highly respected businesswoman who cared deeply about her employees, colleagues and customers. She received numerous national, state and local accolades, honors and awards, and was inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2001.
She is best remembered, however, as an incredible lady who was a loving, caring and generous mother and grandmother to her six children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Surviving are sons: Richard T. James and his wife, Karyn, Christopher W. James and his wife, Diane, and Peter T. James and his wife, Stephanie; daughters: Elysabethe James and her husband, Christopher Cadmus, Susan (James) Peoples and her husband, Stephen, and Rebekah (James) Morris.
Mrs. James was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church, Walnut and Penn streets, Hollidaysburg, by Pastor Chuck Monts. Interment will be at Alto Reste Park Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at Plank, Stitt and Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg (www.pssfh.com).
If you prefer, you may make a donation to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2201 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, in memory of Betty.