The Journey of a Matriarch
Ida Mae Stanford, 91, of Fruitland, Maryland, was called home to receive her heavenly reward on Thursday, December 9, 2021. She transitioned at Deer’s Head Hospital Center in Salisbury, Maryland, surrounded by her loving children.
Born in Somerset County, Maryland, on October 9, 1930, Ida was the youngest child of the late Albert Shockley Sr. and Carrie Shockley Leatherbury. She received her formal education from Somerset and Wicomico County public schools. After completing her formal education, Ida was an employee of Hudson Foods in Berlin, Maryland, where she worked for thirty years until her retirement.
Affectionately called "Mom Mom" by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Ida was known for her loving heart, sharp wit, and compassion for all who were close to her. As a family matriarch, her children marveled at her wisdom, discernment, and “straight shooter” demeanor. The epitome of style, confidence, and finesse, Ida’s family will forever hold her in the highest esteem.
As one who believed in the importance of family, Ida’s children were her pride and joy. She always put her family first and supported them unconditionally. It was no secret Ida believed food was a love language; and she took pride in cooking and preparing meals for her family. Her children delighted in returning to their mother’s home on Sundays and every holiday to feast on the many delicious meals which she loved to serve. Known for her famous ‘yellow cake’, chicken and dumplings, and collard greens, there was not a dish that Ida could not fix!
Ida was not only a loving mother, but she was also a woman of great Christian faith. She attended Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Fruitland, Maryland, where she was an active member for many years. She served as a communion steward and was a part of the Mt. Calvary’s Kitchen Angels, Hospitality Group. It was here where Ida had the opportunity to do what she loved most, which was to be of service to the Lord.
Ida leaves a legacy to cherish with her three children: Virginia (Sherwood) Wigfall of Salisbury, Maryland, Gary (Denise) Stanford Sr. of Catonsville, Maryland, Marsha Hankerson of Delmar, Maryland; one nephew: Romell Bacon Sr. of Baltimore, Maryland; six grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Ida was preceded in death by her parents: Albert Shockley Sr., and Carrie Shockley-Leatherbury; brother: Albert Shockley Jr.; sister: Estella Bacon, and her great grandchild: Markeese Stanford.
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“Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also all who have loved His appearing.” -2 Timothy 4:8
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