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.