MOUNT VERNON — Ida Mae Smith, 99, of Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Mount Vernon.
She was born Dec. 3, 1911, in Grove City, Pa., to the late DeWitt and Nancy (Nutt) Grace. Ida Mae was a graduate of Grove City High School and went to Grove City College where she graduated with a major in music. She moved to Mount Vernon in 1961. She was a longtime member of the Varsity Class at Gay Street United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Beethoven Club. Ida Mae served as organist for chapel services at the Gay Street United Methodist Church for 30 years, where she was a member, and in the last 15 years she has also served as organist at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. She loved teaching piano lessons and did so for over 50 years.
Ida Mae is survived by four sons, David (Mary) Smith of Los Altos, Calif., Michael (Linda) Smith of Wooster, John (Elaine) Smith of Blackburn, England, and Jack (Diane) Smith of Topeka, Kan.; her daughter, Jill (Charlie Horton) Shaffer of Mansfield; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and her daughter-in-law, Ann (Paul) Harper.
Besides her parents, Ida Mae was preceded in death by her husband, J. Clair Smith; her son, Harry Smith; her daughter, Evelyn Sykes; two brothers, Jim and Joe Grace; and three sisters, Sally Brant, Margaret Franklin and Gladys Patterson.
Friends may call Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A service will be held Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Denise L.H. Marikis officiating. A graveside service will be held on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. in Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon.
Memorial contributions can be made to Gay Street United Methodist Church, 18 N. Gay St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Ida Mae Smith.
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