Ida Holdren reunited with her beloved “Buckeye Bob” on January 21. She was at her winter home in South Carolina, where she enjoyed the sunshine, the wild life, watching dogs play on the beach and long “walks” along the miles of bike paths. Those who were fortunate to know Ida describe her as, strong, one of the greatest generation, amazing, gracious, generous, caring, sweet, and above all, a lady. Ida was a devoted believer and was very anxious to leave this world for the next. She lived well and she finished well.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, Ida attended The Ohio State University and studied fashion design. While there she met and fell in love with Robert (Bob) Holdren. They married and she quickly transitioned from a city girl to a country girl. Ida stood by Bob’s side through many years of cherry and apple crops, filling thousands of jugs of cider and riding in her golf cart to attend to many folks who came to pick their own cherries. From 1976 to 1989 Ida participated in the family business – Holdren’s Market and Apple Tree Shoppe.
Ida served her community in many ways. A member of the Veto Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, Ida also attended and supported Providence Presbyterian Church in Hilton Head Island, SC. She was a member of Marietta PEO Chapter U for over 60 years, involved in the Little Hocking Garden Club, a member and supporter of the Belpre Historic Society, an honorary member of Belpre Alumni Association, and served as president of the Camden Clark Auxiliary. She was an avid reader until November and was a beautiful seamstress, sewing many of her clothes and making many gifts over the years. She also used her sewing skills to participate in a program to clothe premature babies. Ida served as the matriarch for 20 Pig Roasts on the farm in Little Hocking which benefited the Little Hocking Fire Department and the Warren Scholarship Fund.
Ida and Bob raised two children, Larry (Sheryl) who resides in Ohio and South Carolina and Dick (Becky) who resides in Texas. Extended family include Ann and Gregg Emrick, Little Hocking, OH; Susan and Jim Higgins, Winter Park, Florida; and Karen Caltrider, Little Hocking, Ohio. Additionally, she will be missed by Hummer, her feline companion who rarely left her side during her final days. Ida’s husband Bob, brother (Jack) and sister (Dorothy) and her parents predeceased her.
Caring to the end, Ida donated her body to research. Ida’s life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio on Saturday, January 27 at 11 a.m. Pastor Bill Dunfee will officiate. A luncheon will be served in the community room of Belpre Leavitt’s immediately following the celebration. Friends may also visit with Ida’s family at the funeral home on Friday, January 26 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 213, Little Hocking, OH 45742 or the Warren Scholarship Fund, in care of the Belpre Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 731, Belpre, OH 45714. Donation envelopes will also be provided at the funeral home.