This the quiet and informal dignity of this Guestbook inspires me to use these services for my late mother, a sister Smith graduate. Thank you
We remember Ida from our first meeting in 1977, when she admitted our son to Santa Monica First Presbyterian Church Nursery School. She always wore a smile and a pretty dress, as she strode around the school in her white leather tennis shoes. The smile was for everyone who walked through the door, the dress because she was such a lady, and the tennis shoes expedited her movement through the school, which was brisk and purposeful.
She was firm and loving with the children, but she also helped the parents a great deal, too. At our mothers' meetings, she would remind us, “You and your husband were the family unit before children arrived. Remember to keep your bond strong, put your marriage first, and then ensure that your children are well taken care of.” This was great advice from the mother of five who remained married for 58 years.
When Ida retired as director of First Presbyterian Church Nursery School, many of us attended her farewell party. All were grateful to have known this bright, loving woman, and we were happy that she planned to take a well-deserved break.
Now she is at eternal rest, but her good works and the love she shared will live on in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Rest in peace, dear Ida.
Ida was an inspiration to all who knew her. We first met in about 1964 when I was applying for admission to Smith College. Her warm welcome continued as we became fellow alums and she led the LA Smith Club in so many ways. The twinkle in her eyes and embracing of all who knew her will remain in our memories. What a special person. (I very much regret being out of town, in Sequoia National Park, for yesterday's services. But I thought of Ida and the family she treasured.)
I first met Ida at a Smith Club function as an incoming freshman with my mother. No matter when I saw her after that, she was always warm and caring,and welcoming, Years later, after my own mother died, Ida would always tell me a funny and warm story about meeting my mother. She knew just what to say make you feel better.
Thank you Ida for your service and gift of self to your family and community. We will miss you.
Ida was a marvel, and I will always remember her and Bill for their generous spirits, intelligence, and joy for living. They were the best examples of how one should try to live.
Ida was a valued member of the LWV of Ventura County in her later years as well as an active member in LA County. She will be missed, with her can-do spirit and lively smile. Her accomplishments speak volumes about her dedication to community and civic life. My sincere sympathy to her family, on behalf of LWV Ventura County.
...ida...full of spirit, verve and ever understanding with her puckish humor, kept the LA Smith Club going and growing for MANY years...they don't create women like her now !
...thank YOU , Ida...rest well...amanda nyce mcintyre '59
My sympathies to the Bucher family. Ida was such a lovely light and inspiration for the Smith Club of LA.
To me you will always be just a breath away.
Ida will be remembered for her intelligence and her wit which were only matched by the sparkle in her eyes. She always kept us on our toes and brought so much conversation and knowledge with her wherever she went. My heart felt sympathies to her family. She will be missed by many.
I feel very fortunate to have served on the SCCLA board while Ida was such a central member. She was the glue that connected us all for so many years.
My pleasure to have known Ida. She definitely will be missed.
Family of Ida Bucher may you know God is very sensitive to the pain and suffering you are feeling in your loss. Isaiah 65:17
Ida was a unique and wonderful friend, with whom I was privileged to work at Santa Monica College for many years. How I every would have made it through my children's adolescence without her humor and wisdom, I'll never know.
Life was richer,funnier, more exciting with Ida in it. Even in her later years, struggling with Alzheimer's, Ida's beautiful essence shone through. My daughters, Lisa and Sally, loved her dearly, and we all send our heartfelt condolences to the family during this hard time of loss. Ida's spirit soars over us all; she will never be forgotten.
Thanks Melinda and Bucher cousins. You really did a great job of capturing and summing up the spirit of service and community involvement that was just Ida through and through and all her life. Lovely photo too.
From the Peck cousins clan, Rich, Dad, Bob and Jill, and I are down in Marshfield MA this holiday weekend. Dad always has a memorial Mass said at St Ann by the Sea parish in Ocean Bluff for Ruth this weekend each year since her death in 2007. We lit candles for John, Ruth, Ida, Nona, and Bill. Tried to tell the priest Father Connolly the story of when Ruth took Ida's summer job as a chambermaid or waitress at the Howard Johnson's here in MField (or Duxbury?) because Ida got a better offer somewhere else I guess and Ruth impersonated Ida in the job all summer, I think we just confused him, but he played along goodnaturedly and laughed anyway. Good to be in Marshfield where the Mahoney kids of Springfield's Glendell Terrace and their parents James and Rose I'm sure had lots of happy times.
Hope you're all getting a chance to breathe and settle. Love to everybody.
She was a sweet, thoughtful person and neighbor. She attended the Pierpont Community Council meetings at the Marriott Ventura Beach Hotel, sometimes requiring assistance to do so, but cheerfully participating anyway. We miss her.