On February 1, 2016, Ida Mae Newsom was called home to be with her Lord. She passed away peacefully at the Medicalodges Nursing Center in Independence. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Missonary Baptist Church, burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery. The condolence book will be available to sign on Tuesday, February 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The family suggests memorials to St. John Missionary Baptist Church and memorials may be left at Webb & Rodrick Chapel.
Ida Mae was born January 7, 1921 in Beggs, OK to Charleston and Floriea E. (Roberts) Harvey. The family moved to Wayside, KS in 1928, traveling in a covered wagon. After Wayside, they moved to Bolton, KS before permanently moving to Independence, where she attended local schools. On October 6, 1938, she married Arnold H. Newson in Nowata, OK.
Sister Ida Mae Newsom accepted Christ at an early age. She joined St. John Missionary Baptist Church and was an active member for over 70 years receiving the title of "Mother" Newsom. Some of her duties included Sunday School Teacher, Church Secretary for over 50 years, Choir Director for the Senior Choir, choir member and member of the Harmoneers singing group. For Easter and Christmas she passed out speeches and play parts to the children and held rehearsals for the annual holiday programs. As Mistress of Ceremonies she presided over many church anniversaries, festivals and programs for visiting churches. She enjoyed quilting and was a wonderful baker sharing her baked goods with everyone.
Sister Ida Mae Newsom was a member of Carolyn A. Walker #90, Order of the Eastern Star for over 75 years and served as a Worthy Matron. She was also a member of the Independence Homecoming committee, secretary for the Independence Memorial Society, Secretary of the Southeast District of Missionary Baptist Churches for 15 years. Sister Ida Mae Newsom was a member of the Democratic Club and a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a homemaker, a domestic worker and a cook for Mercy Hospital for a number of years.
Those preceding her in death include her husband, a son, her parents and two brothers, Leo Harvey and Charles A. Harvey. Survivors include brothers, DR Harvey, Colorado Springs, CO and John T. (Lela) Harvey, Flint, MI; her sisters, Jean Pope, New York City, NY and Inez Harvey, Bronx, NY. Also left to cherish her memory are a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Sister Ida Mae Newsom met and impacted a great number of people in her lifetime. Everyone who truly knew her loved her. Many people chose to make her an honorary member of their family. She made all children feel like they were someone who mattered. The world is a better place because of her time here on Earth.
P.S. When parting company she didn't say good-bye but left us with:
"I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck."
We all felt the same way in return.
Services are entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel & Crematory.