Ida Brownridge
1921 - 2021
BROWNRIDGE, IDA ELIZABETH nee MenniePassed away peacefully at the age of 99 years, surrounded by the love of her family on October 29, 2021, at MML in Carlyle SK. Ida's story began on December 2, 1921, on the farm at Kelvington, SK. She was the eldest and only daughter of four children born to George and Rose Mennie. Mom was proud of her parents and brothers. She told many stories of growing up on the farm, attending and participating in community events. She was competitive in spirit and participated in activities in the nursing home until the last few weeks. She entered flowers, collections, photography, and her original writing in the Arcola Fair. She attended Normal School in Regina in 1941 and taught in three schools. Ida spoke fondly of her teaching career, and she was a lifetime educator through her conversations and writing - "funner" is not a word. While teaching in Golburn, she met Gordon and they were married on July 7, 1945. Allan was born in 1946 & in 1947 they moved from Sylvania to Willmar & lived in the big brick house on the corner. Five more sons were born, and she worked hard at raising her family, gardening, raising turkeys, pigs, and the small dairy operation/mixed farm. They sold the farm in 1975 and moved to Arcola. In June 1970 Alvin died following appendicitis surgery. This tragic event forever changed our family and impacted Ida for the rest of her life. Not a day went by that she didn?t think about him or mention his name for the next 51 years. Ida was a proud mother and protective of all her sons and insisted they be treated as equals. Ida loved her family unconditionally and with her whole heart. She took great pleasure in participating in life events. "Grandma" always did her best to be a part of special days such as birthdays, weddings, and graduations even if it was from a distance. She cherished all her grandchildren and enjoyed babysitting, playing hide & seek, I spy, and leg wrestling brought her much delight, laughter and created lasting memories. She enjoyed reading, her collections, her garden, flowers both real and artificial. Ida took great pride in her appearance and tried to always look her very best with nice clothes, jewellery and having her hair, nails and make-up done. She was terrified of taking a shower, only baths for Ida. She had her own sense of style and loved bright colours. She loved shopping, Christmas, anything that sparkled or glittered, baking chiffon cakes, flapper pies and Jell-o tarts. She could re-decorate the house overnight and make Christmas magically appear. She tried hard over the years to preserve her son's childhood memories and left each of them with a pillowcase stuffed with treasures upon her passing. She loved to travel and experience new people and places. She had the opportunity to travel to England. She took many trips to Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the USA. Not being one that was afraid to try new things, Ida was elated to get her first tattoo, a rose on her hand just before celebrating her 90th birthday, created be her grandson, Carroll. Ida loved music and singing, especially with Alvin on the accordion and with her brother, Fred. Music was such a joy to her throughout her life, that she requested that her funeral service have more music than talking. She took great pride in being from Saskatchewan and of the communities of Willmar and Arcola in particular. She was actively involved in various organizations and events, fairs, parades, and cooking turkeys. The film adaptation of "Who Has Seen the Wind" had a special place in her heart as did Prairie Place. Ida was immensely proud of being the reporter of the local news to the "Arcola Paper" for 15 years, retiring at the age of 85. In the summer of 2010 when her health declined and she needed more care, Ida started a new chapter in her life with a move to Coteau Place. She resided in nursing homes in Estevan and Weyburn. Since 2015 she resided at NHPL Stoughton with a final move to MML Carlyle in August. Like all the rest of us, Ida was not perfect. At times, especially in her later years she could be quite unfiltered in her comments. Perhaps this was because of the reality that she survived several very traumatic events during her life. We can forgive and forget in hindsight when we appreciate that she did her best to raise her family and love us all until she took her last breath. As a family we are so very proud of our matriarch, of her lifetime of successes and achievements and we have been left in complete astonishment at the thought of the changes she would have witnessed during her lifetime of 99 years 10 months 27 days. Ida's life was celebrated with a Funeral Service on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Prairie Place in Arcola SK. Interment took place at Arcola Cemetery. Ida will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Allan, Douglas, Lorne (Florence), Donald (Candace), Ronald (Susan) and daughter-in-law, Colleen; 12 grandchildren, Onalee (Barry) Randell. Robin (Kim), Kenton, Joel (Kylie), Klinton (Lindsay), David (Myra), Carroll (Jacalyn), Blake (Stacy), Jarret, Colin (Sarah), Michelle (Carmen) Ironstar, and Lindsay; 14 great-grandchildren, Nicholas (Blaize), Ky (Kristina), Sidney, Taylor, Hannah, Tristan, Cohen, Baeritt, Bruen, Tylee, Arliss, Olivia, Tyson, and Shad; 4 great-great-grandchildren, Kayden, Kolten, Brooklyn, and Oakleigh Randell. She was predeceased by her husband, Gordon; son, Alvin; daughter-in-law, Barbara; great-grandson, Creed; brothers, Fred, Albert, Charlie and parents, Rose & George Mennie, A special thank you to Lisa Eaton & family for singing the songs Mom chose for her celebration. Thank you to Sandy Dalziel for using Mom's words to memorialize her life. Thank you to the staff of NHPL Stoughton & MML Carlyle for their compassionate care and kindness bestowed on Mom over the past years. Donations in memoriam may be made to Prairie Place, Stars Air Ambulance, or a charity of your choice. 27-1

Published by Carlyle Observer from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19, 2021.
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Missing you Mom...thanks for your love and the memories
Allan Brownridge
November 27, 2021
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