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Remembering the Life of Ida N. Roberson

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By Cheryl Brown –

At 8:56PM at Loma Linda Medical Center surrounded by family close friends and church members, longtime resident of San Bernardino and Riverside counties Ms. Ida N. Roberson passed away.

Ms. Ida as she was affectionately called was a very prim and proper lady and left strict instructions of what should be done when she passed away. She was in failing health for some time but it did not keep her away from church. She cut back to only attending one service in recent months. She was 92 years old. She was the 7th of 10 children to Robert Simon Duncan and Cora Ella Justine Hutchinson.

Ms. Ida graduated from Santa Monica Community College in 1938, Santa Monica Beauty School in 1939, received her Bachelor's of Education from California State Universi ty San Bernardino in 1972 and her Masters in Education in 1975. She was a cosmetologist for over 31 years and an Educator for 16 years. Ms. Ida was a longtime member of St Paul A.M.E. Church in San Bernardino where she served as Church Clerk for 52 years, Church Steward for 50 years, was a life member of the A.M.E. Lay Organization, and the Mary Ella Inghram Women's Missionary Society. She organized and started the Ida Roberson Bereavement Committee and organized the first youth choir in 1953.

Ms. Ida was a life member of Lily of the Valley, Chapter #12 O.E.S. , PHRA (Eastern Star), The National Council of Negro Women. She was a member of the Sheik Court #138, Daughters Isis, Board member/Advisor of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Member of the Friends of the Dorothy Inghram Library, Charter member of Alpha Chi Pi Omega Sorority and Fraternity, Member of the Les Uniques, and a member of Shandin Production.

“Everytime I appeared in a local newspaper Ms Ida would send me the clipping wi th a word of encouragement ,” said Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter.

She continued: “she was like a breed of people we don’t see anymore. I will personally miss her.”

Margaret Hill Deputy Superintendent of County Schools and a member of the Black Culture Foundation said, “We spoke every night except the night she was rushed to the hospital. She will be missed for all the contributions she made to Black History and to our community with her many organizations.” She was sad about her passing but was there at the hospital around the bed singing songs praying and listening as Pastor Larry Campbell read scriptures.

Being a meticulous person she had planned everything out from the obituary to the program.

She leaves behind one brother Joseph L. Duncan of Pomona, CA, one daughter Daphne E. Martin of Loma Linda, California, one grandson Robert E. Martin two granddaughters Benee C. Martin and Rachel S. Martin two great-granddaughters Tayah and Taylor and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, god-children and friends.

Viewing will be held Tuesday May 31, 2011 at Simpson's Mortuary from 5:00PM- 8:00PM Services will be held on Wednesday June 1, 2011 at 10:00AM.

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