Dick, Ida Faye

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.