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Ida Louise Speaker, a lifelong resident of Midland, Michigan, passed away at home on Dec. 31st after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 26th, 1929 to Carl and Ida Olson of Freeland, Michigan.

She graduated from Midland High School in 1948 where she met the love of her life, Jack Speaker. They were married Oct. 16th, 1951.

Ida was a full-time homemaker and raised three children; Lorin Carl Speaker, Barbara June Speaker and Nancy Marie May.

She worked at Hamilton Bakery for several years. Her love of baking and master skills will always be remembered. She also loved jazz and went on many road trips attending jazz festivals with her husband, Jack. Ida was also an avid reader of mysteries and a fine conversationalist.

Ida was preceded in death by her husband Jack (2010), her son Lorin (1995) and her daughter Nancy (2018). She is survived by her daughter, Barbara June Speaker, grandchildren, Tracy Speaker-Gerstheimer, Michael May and Lillian Gedney Merrit and great-grand-children, Carson and Gavin May and Lorin and Jacob Gerstheimer as well as several nieces and nephews.

A luncheon will be held at The American Legion in Midland, Michigan on January 12th from 12:30-2:30 to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Mid-Michigan Hospice.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Speaker family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

 

 

Condolence Messages

  1. Cathy Schneider

    14 January 2020 5 months ago

    Rest In Peace Ida Lou. I remember you as a kind and gentle person.

  2. Louis Wilson

    07 January 2020 5 months ago

    Aunt Ida Lou was so helpful to me in talking about the Wilson Family history and in keeping in touch with addresses and emails of family members. Her family was very important to her.

  3. Alice Adams

    04 January 2020 5 months ago

    Ida was a truly delightful lady, whom I had the pleasure of getting to know and spend a bit of time with, once a month. Ida loved to cook and visit. She would often tell me that she was proud of her family. And, I learned that her husband Jack was a member of the blacksmith group, based at the carriage house, at Heritage Park. I miss this wonderful lady but know she is at home with her Lord and her heavenly family, too. My condolences to you, her earthly family and friends.

  4. Colleen

    03 January 2020 5 months ago

    “Aunt” Lou, (as I was introduced to you), I only knew you for a couple of years, but you were such a pleasure to be around. Such a doll. Rest in Heaven, Dear. You will surely be missed by all. My condolences to the family and friends left behind.

  5. John and Cheryl Speaker

    03 January 2020 5 months ago

    Aunt Lou we will miss your laugh and sense of humor. We are so glad we spent time with you while we could. All our love to the great lady of the last of this Speaker generation. We will miss you all so much. Have Uncle Jack play a tune for you on his horn. Love always

  6. Sherri Speaker

    03 January 2020 5 months ago

    You will be missed aunt Lou. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor all those years. R. I. P. With uncle Jack, Lorin and Nancy🙏

  7. Nancy Morrison

    02 January 2020 5 months ago

    Rest in peace Ida Lou. Sending my deepest condolences and loving prayers to you and your family B.June. 🙏

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