NORMAL — Ida Lou Scher, 88, Liberty, Ky., mother of a Normal resident, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12, 2013) in her home.
The daughter of John and Opal Smith Miller, she was born in Bourbon, Ind., on Feb. 2, 1925. She graduated from Plymouth High School. She joined the Women’s Army Corp. in 1945, and worked as a clerk during World War II.
Ida married Jacob T. Scher on July 20, 1946, in Walters, Okla.
In 1955, the couple and their family moved to Illinois. There, she was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the United Methodist Church. She also worked in a grocery store owned by their good friends, the Costellos.
Jacob’s job caused him to travel a lot and Ida took over many household duties. But, she was a natural homemaker. Ida enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting and was a great seamstress. She handmade all of her children’s clothes growing up. She was a fabulous cook and liked to can. She also collected bears of all kinds. The family traveled all over the states together.
Ida is survived by her husband, Jacob, and their children, Margaret Whitney, Liberty, Ky.; John Scher, Normal; Barbara Hassan, Morganton, N.C.; Jerry Scher, Sylacauga, Ala.; James Scher, Liberty, Ky.; and Janet Whitney, Birmingham, Ala. She has eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Her surviving siblings are Virginia Block, Liberty Mills, Ind.; Marshall Miller, Silsbee, Texas; and Orland Miller, Camas, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, John, Edison and Robert Miller and Katherine Crum.
Her funeral will be at noon today at New Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, Plymouth, Ind., with the Rev. Ed Friberg officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the chapel. Burial will follow in New Oak Hill Cemetery. Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.
The sharing of memories and notes of condolence may be sent at www.johnson-danielson.com.
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