NILES - Ida G. Loudin, 88, passed away peacefully at her home at 6:43 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.
Ida was born Aug. 8, 1924, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Glenn Austin and Retha Hilty Anthony, and had lived in Niles most of her life.
Ida was married to Leonard M. Loudin on Oct. 14, 1968. They were the owners of Ida's Beauty Shop on North Road, where they worked side-by-side for 50 years.
Ida G. Loudin
She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Niles Christian Assembly. She was an avid bingo player and could be seen playing alongside her many bingo companions multiple times a week.
Ida is survived by her daughters, Lonna (Wayne) Mackey of Niles and Marcia (Robert) Bianco of Howland; daughter-in-law, Connie Davis of Warren; brother, Lee (Ruth) Anthony of Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren, Ryan (Beth) Shelar, Kelli (Chris) Caraway, Dena (Dan) Brown, Bryan Davis, Dude (Kelly) Bianco and Heidi Bianco; 11 great-grandchildren; her dear friend and caregiver, Mike DiCella of Niles; her extended family, Sam, Ronnie, Amie and Chrissie; and bingo companion, Liz.
Ida was preceded in death by her husbands, Herbert Davis and Leonard Loudin; son, Terry Davis; grandson, Derek Shelar; sister, Vivian Markle; and brother, Ralph Anthony.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Niles Christian Assembly on North Road, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Rev. John Mizgerd will officiate.
Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are by the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 W. Park Ave., Niles. Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.
The family offers this tribute:
''To our Mother, Grandmother and friend: The way you lived your life, and the strength and courage you have passed to us by example will now help us comfort our sorrow and comfort one another.
''As I sit and write this, I am trying to find all the perfect words or perhaps think of a moment in time or a story to share that will convey our love of you to those who are reading this, or hopefully spark their own fond memories of you from their own past. It is now that I reflect and begin to wonder how great the number would be if we were able to count the many hearts you have touched - from Beauty Shop to bingo hall and everywhere in between, you have brightened the lives of so many people.
''You have been the cornerstone of an entire family through the best and worst of times. When things were at their worst during the most trying of times, you were always there for us individually and as a family, providing all the love, care and support. Even if you were hurting on the inside, you always stayed strong for everyone around you, lending a caring hand or knowing all the right words to say.
''When you became sick, I immediately started thinking of my littler girl Sara and how much she loves you. I keep thinking back to when her and I were sitting in the chair together at home watching an episode of 'Dora the Explorer.' In this episode, Dora's grandma made an appearance. I asked Sara, 'Is that Dora's Gommie?' She said, 'No that's her Grandma. Her Gommie is at bingo!'
''As hard as it is on me and the rest of my family, we have a lifetime of memories and the rest of our lives to sit around tables and remember the times we laughed and cried or some of the funny things you did. I can only hope that through stories, pictures and hopefully a little DNA that the qualities that made you who you are, a tough-as-nails, generous, loving person with a heart of gold, will be passed down to my children and all of your other grandchildren and great grandchildren.
''Although the pain of losing you is great, our love for you is greater. We will always be thinking of you and as much as we wished you could stay with us, the thought of you in peace and without pain warms our hearts. We love you Gommie and we always will.''