Born: May 17, 1923 - Deceased: September 21, 2021
Ida Lee Mitchell, nee Reeder, 98, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, May 17, 1923, in Murphysboro, IL, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at her residence.
Ida Lee was a 1941 graduate of Murphysboro High School. She attended Southern Illinois Normal University (now SIU-C) and Asbury College before receiving a teaching degree from McKendree College. She educated young minds for many years, retiring from Elizabeth Morris School in Cahokia, IL, in 1985. She was an active member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the New Life Club (serving as president 1991- 1993) and Choir, supporter of their missions, children’s ministry, Wednesday evening meal kitchen crew, Bible studies, and many other areas of service. She was also a long-time member of Rob Morris Chapter 98 OES, having served as Worthy Matron, and the Wednesday Club, where she also served a term as president. She loved cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and would often do so from their Spring Training facilities in Florida. Many summers you would find her in Eldorado, IL, renewing her spirit and faith during the Beulah Holiness Camp Meeting at Beulah Camp. She was an avid world traveler; England was a favorite, and she was always up for a road trip or a new adventure. Her friends were countless and included a dear group of women, the Friendship Circle, that began in the 1950’s when they all attended Alta Sita/Aldersgate Methodist Church. Her 98th birthday luncheon celebration with the Red Hat Ladies Club was the best gift ever! She truly cherished her time with family and being actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her:
Surviving are her:
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer Association or St. Matthew United Methodist Church.
Visitation: Visitation from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 1, 2021, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, and from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021, at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ron Martz officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.