The expression, "To know her, is to love her", comes to mind when I think of Ms. Ida Mae. Her personality was bold and brilliant. She loved with everything in her and if she chose you to be part of her life, you had her favor for life. Ida Mae didn't make friends quickly, as she was calculated in her decisions and was driven by her heart. She could tell if you were someone worthy of her time - -or not. She loved animals wand was a collector of porcelain dolls. Ida Mae was particular about her things...her home...and her heart. She would bond with her friends by playing games, working puzzles, and doing artwork. She enjoyed her neighborhood and sitting on her porch. Ida Mae wanted her Christmas tree up year round. She would say that the lights on the tree made the world prettier, and for Ida, it sure did. Ida was blessed to share in a family that her friends gave her. She watched many a young woman become a mother and then leaped into the role of that young mother's friend and surrogate auntie or grandmother to their child. She loved to babysit, as she would call it, holding the babies, bouncing them, and singing to them as they drifted off to sleep. Ida Mae was a woman of importance who made sure the world knew when she had something to say. She was a leader and advocated for what she felt was best for her own life. She was fierce and devoted.
Ida Mae shared her life with her longtime soul mate, Ed. They would call each other and have visits as often as they could. She would quickly show anyone who asked about Ed a cherished photo she had of him and her together. Ida Mae loved Ed and would ensure those in his life loved him just the same. Ida Mae had formerly worked at Goodwill and was a participant in Special Olympics when her health was better. Ida Mae enjoyed visiting with her long-time friend Darrell. They would reminiscence about old times and making new memories.
Ida Blankenship was born June 4, 1952 to Audrey and Willie Blankenship. She had six sisters and two brothers. Ida Mae grew up in Sandy Hook but spent the majority of her adult life in Morehead. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as two infant siblings, a toddler sibling James Earl, Lucille Blankenship and Jessie Spencer.
On Thursday morning, June 10, 2021, as the day was dawning, Ida Mae Blankenship left this world for one filled with lots of animals to pet, and babies to rock. Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the loss of our family member and friend, but Heaven sure is a lot sweeter, with Ida Mae there.
Ida Mae is survived by a brother, William Blankenship of West Liberty; two sisters, Myrtle Blankenship of Hazard and Evelyn Ballard of Berea. Several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Ed, Darrell, the family she shared her life with - the many caregivers and friends at D&S Community Services, Pathways, Horizon Village, and CAKY. She is also survived by her good friend, Jeff, that looked after her needs and her most special friend, that supported throughout her life Mary Beth Baumgardner.
Funeral will be conducted Monday, June 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Lewis & Ferguson Funeral Home at Sandy Hook, KY with Elder Landon Bradley officiating. Burial will be at Wrigley, KY. Friends may call Sunday 6:00 - 9:00 PM at the funeral home.