Ida May Brown passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at age 92. She was born May 10, 1926, to Gus and Fay Erickson. Siblings Alfred, Wilfred, Roberta and Ida May grew up on Cottage Lake. They attended Woodinville and Bothell schools and Woodinville Methodist Church.
Ida May married Stephen (Bus) Brown Aug. 25, 1945. They settled in Woodinville. In 1958, the family built a new house on property where Bus’s grandparents had lived. Ida May’s life revolved around her family and friends. She was active in church ministries, the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital guild and bridge club. She truly loved the people in her life, and she kept everyone up-to-date with news. Frequent overnight guests received a warm welcome. A cabin at Lagoon Point was the destination for all kinds of gatherings.
Ida May loved to swim. Every weekday morning, Ida May met two close friends at the pool, followed by coffee at Starbucks. Lake Chelan became the annual vacation spot starting in 1950 and is still a family priority.
Ida May lived her faith, honoring God in her words and actions. She was faithful, loving, kind and generous. Two children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren were blessed to know her. After living in Woodinville all their lives, moving to Oak Harbor in 2015 was difficult for Bus and Ida May but good in many ways. Ida May continued to swim at the Oak Harbor pool and developed friendships with other swimmers. She went to coffee and enjoyed their visits when she could no longer make it to the pool. The Methodist Church family welcomed her with open arms. In August 2015, Bus and Ida May celebrated their 70th anniversary.
Bus passed away October 10, 2017. Bus and Ida May were given great care by Dr. Roof and Regency on Whidbey. Kristie, Kathleen, Martin, Alicia and all the caregivers were understanding, loving and patient. The family is deeply grateful to hospice, too, especially Luka, Joyce and Carla, for their love and care. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all who visited, called, sent cards and cared for them.
Ida May is survived by daughter Gail Stewart (Rick) in Oak Harbor; son Eric Brown in Bellingham; grandchildren Jake (Tanya) Stewart with Connor, Cassidy and Cole of Kamas, Utah, Matthew (Zena) Brown with Ellie and Jack in Allentown, Penn., Kelly (Kelly) Stewart with Cori, Juliana and Toby in Pullman, Wash., and Lisa (Eric) Sieberson with Audrey and Maya in Seattle.
A memorial service will be held Feb. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Woodinville Community Church, 17110 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville. Donations may be sent to Whidbey Hospice and Children’s Orthopedic Hospital.