|Birth: ||Apr. 5, 1904|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 2010|
Ida Mae Jefferson
At the age of 105yrs
she was caring, resourecful
rubik's cube has baffled even the brightest of us. But at age 105,Ida Mae JEFFERSON had mastered the puzzle.
Even in her final years, she was used a sharp mind and quick thinking to beat younger and better-educated family members at her favorite games,INCLUDING Connect Four and checker.
Ida Mae WHO DIED MARCH 30,2010 never got pass the first grade. you'd never have known it, loved ones said.
What was obvious, however, was that the feisty mother of four loved her family lived to help others.
I didn't know we were poor growing up because she was always giving away stuff," said her granddaughter , Beverly Jefferson, 51 who loved most of her life a few house down Ida Mae in Winter garden Florida.
over the years, Ida Mae Jefferson sewed hundreds of quilts for friends and the needy. at time, she fed practically the whole neighborhood from the huge metal pots she stirred a top gas stove, She would pass out steaming bowls of soup greens made with fatback and her family's favorite:fried chicken and biscuits.
From about 1950 though the 1970, traveled throughout Central Florida to service congregations at the churches where her husband worked. The late Effie Jefferson was a pastor at Freewill Baptist churches in Winter Garden ,Apopka,Daytona Beach,Pierson and Lake Wales,Florida.
Ida mae Jefferson was born April 5,1904 the youngest of 12 children. Her parents was sharecroppers in baker caunty, Ga. From life was often hard, but she learned skills that was servv her fo a lifetime: sewing, crocheting, canning, gardening,fishing and curing meat.
After she got married, she and her husband became farmers, earninga a bout 50 cents a day. They eventually moved to wenter garden about 1949.
Jefferson cleaned homes for a living and at one time worked as a farm laborer: late4r, she was a nurse's aide. After retiring, the couple operated a home daycare center and a janitorial service.
She met one of her oldest friends, EVA meridith, when she went with her husband to work at Meridith,s Windermere home. Meridith envetually hired Jefferson to cook and clean. But even after she stopped, the two woman visited each other.
"I just fell in love with her;" said Meridith, now 82 "she was always just a wonderful lady."
For 50 years, she was a member of bay street church of God in christ in Winter garden, where she became head fo the women,s ministry in 2001.
Even after her husband died in the late 1970,s and she lost her leg several years ago because of circulation problems, she went to church almost every Sunday.
Erica Holley, a hospice nurse at the nursing home where Jefferson loived her last few months, said Jefferson,s unfailing apitmism seemed to attract people to her:
Holley looked forward to chatting with Jefferson about religion, technology- Jefferson had her own Facebook page--and how the region had grown and changed.
In addition to her husband, jefferson was preceded ing death by daughter LURA jefferson and son Odell Curry.
She is survived by a daughtre; Queen Odon of Altamonte Springs: A son , John Jwfferson of Winter Garden, 16 grandchildrend; 60 great- grandchilderen, 83 great-great-grandchildren
MARVIN C. ZANDERS FUNERAL HOME of APOPKA FLORIDA
Winter Garden Cemetery
Created by: Ozzie Ashe
Record added: Apr 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51290765