Louise Ivey Eidson

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Louise Ivey Eidson, a direct descendant of one of the original settlers of Buckhead, died Friday, July 11, 2008, at the age of 105, only weeks short of her 106th birthday. She was the great-great-granddaughter of Henry Irby, who, about 1840, was credited with hanging a buck's head over his general store at Paces Ferry and Roswell Roads, giving Buckhead its name.
Alice Louise Eidson was born on Old Ivey Road on Aug. 17, 1902, the daughter of Selma Ivey, and lived most of her life in Buckhead. She was predeceased by her husband, William Jefferson Eidson, whose family was one of the earliest settlers of Dunwoody, and by her daughter, Carolyn E. Long.
She was fond of relating stories of the early days of Buckhead and of the long established families of the area. One of her favorite memories was of walking barefooted from her home on Old Ivey Road along the dirt Roswell Road to Buckhead to buy ice cream. Mrs. Eidson lived on North Fulton Drive in Buckhead most of her life until only a few years ago when, due to declining health, she moved to her daughter's home in Forsyth County.
She was known for her hospitality and good Southern cooking. During World War II, her nephews, often accompanied by their buddies in the military, coming home on leave for holidays, would always first stop over at "Aunt Louise's" for home cooked meals and an overnight stay before joining their own families.
She previously was employed at the Hastings Seed Company on Marietta Street and worked at the Rich's downtown store. She retired from the Georgia Credit Bureau (now Equifax). After retirement she was a popular babysitter for families in the community, often taking care of six children a day ranging in ages from toddlers to pre-teens.
At her 100th birthday celebration, she was surprised by the return of the very first child she babysat, who was married and living in Phoenix, Ariz. Mrs. Eidson was a longtime member of historic Sardis United Methodist Church where her family and many ancestors are buried. She was one of the founding members of St. John United Methodist Church where she managed the nursery.
She is survived by her half-brother, Thurmond Morris of Scottsdale, Ariz.; her daughter, Eleanor E. Foster of Cumming; a grandson, William L. Foster of Athens; granddaughters, Dr. Judy Long of Cumming, Cheryl (Robert) Dickens of Roswell, and Debbi (Doug) Gentile of Cumming; great-grandchildren, Chris Dickens of Atlanta and Alyssa Dickens of Roswell, Angela Gentile of Snellville, Amanda (J.R.) Vander Iest of Braselton; one great-great- grandson, Josh Dickens Russo of Upper St. Clair, Pa.; special friend, Susan Steffey of Cumming; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral for Louise Eidson was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 14, at Sandy Springs Chapel, with burial in Arlington Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Louise Eidson to Sardis Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1683, Duluth, GA 30096; or Eagle Ranch at P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502; or to your favorite charity.
Sandy Springs Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in ForsythNews.com from July 16 to July 18, 2008
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