DICK, IDA FAYE – October 16, 1917 to October 11, 2002. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Ida would often speak and read of profound things like this verse and end it with isn’t that a great thought?” She was right, of course, and we already miss her enthusiasm for life, her thoughtfulness for others and her love for God, family and friends.
Ida passed away peacefully just before her 85 birthday. She would be the first person to tell you that she lived a wonderful life with Reuben, her loving husband for nearly 64 years. Ida is dearly missed by Reuben and their children Ted Dick , (Debbie Kirk), Faye (Doug) Lewis, Lorna Dysart, Dennis (Joan) Dick, and Cheryl Dick (Ray Burgess). She placed her family first in her life on earth and we are all better people for her presence. Ida loved to hear and learn people’s names. She enjoyed telling others the names and accomplishments of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They are listed here in honour of her love for them: Heather (Gord) Sears and their children Nicola, Noah and Trinity Lee; Lorna (Gordon) Miller; Natonni (Jason) Magnowski; Jennifer Dysart; Bruce (Jen) Dick and their children Emilie, Eric, Elaena and Elyssa; Travis (Dorothy) Dick and their children Joshua and Tyson; Nancy (Vegard) McFadzean and their children Elise and Jakob; Ted (Melissa) Dick and their son Jamieson; Daniel (Amanda) Dick; Kathy Dick; Douglas Reuben Dick; Karin Dick; Jared Dick and Sarah Dick.
Ida loved her siblings and her relatives through marriage. She kept in contact with them and spoke frequently of her experiences with them as a child, a young lady, a sister and a sister-in-law. She is predeceased by her father and mother, Adam and Lydia Konschuh, and by her oldest brother Walter (Phyllis) Konschuh. She remained close with her other brothers and sisters to the end — Viola (Reuben) Steinke, Edna McKee, Evelyn Gish, Mildred (Arnold) White, Stan (Haddie) Konschuh and Harry (Del) Konschuh. Ida loved her husband Reuben’s siblings as her own and she is predeceased by them all — Helmuth, Ted, Herb, Elizabeth, Esther, Olga, Bertha and Jim. She enjoyed every opportunity to visit with all of these relatives as well as her many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
It is a shame there is not enough space to list all the friends who shared in Ida’s life. She took great pleasure in visiting, cooking, eating and playing cards with friends and extended family (many of whom she ‘adopted’) too numerous to mention — but they are noted in our hearts for all the love and laughter they shared with Ida and Reuben.
From her birth in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan to her childhood in Cluny, Alberta and then her life and travels with Reuben to Strathmore, Springbank, Calgary, Lloydminster, Cassils, Brooks and beyond, Ida worked hard in service to others and to God. She was an excellent cook and baker and she kept a beautiful home. She loved to have colour around her — in her home and her clothes. She was always dressed up. Her memory for people and events was amazing and she never bored of reading and learning something new (particularly if it was positive and uplifting). She put this talent to use through volunteering to read at the Brooks Hospital/Nursing Home Complex and the Newbrook Lodge. She sang with the Prairie Warblers and was an avid music lover her whole life. She canvassed for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Brooks & District Diabetes Association. And perhaps she is best known in Brooks as an ardent walker who could be seen frequently surprising friends and neighbours on her route with loaves of homemade bread. She made lovely quilts, enjoyed curling, and loved to write and rewrite great thoughts she carne across.
More than anything, she loved God. For her whole life, she was an example of dedication and devotion to what she believed — all underscored by her favorite word of all, LOVE. The service in celebration of Ida’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, October 18 at Smith’s Funeral Home. This will be followed by the internment at the Brooks Cemetery and a reception at the Cassils Community Centre.
Donations may be made in Ida’s name to the Brooks Health Centre Long Term Care Facility.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Brooks Hospital, the LethbridgeRegionalHospital, Brooks Home Care and especially Orchard Manor for their loving care and attention during the past year. It meant a lot to Ida and to us all.