Ida Marie Dickens Stark
Ida Marie Dickens Stark, 85, of Orange, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in her residence.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 24 in Community Church in Orange, with the Revs. Margaret Desmond, Mike Umbenhaur and David Berkheimer officiating. Entombment was in the family mausoleum in Evergreen Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Colton Stark, Corey Domingue, Taylor Stark, Jason Stark, Josh Whipkey, Chase Rutledge and Austin Rutledge. Honorary pallbearers were Cade Parkhurst, Jason Barras, Mason Cooper, Zachary Baker, Chad Baker and Joseph Barras.
Ida Marie was born May 3, 1923, in the beautiful state of Colorado. She met and married William Henry “Bill” Stark II in 1942. Her husband Bill was a proud Marine torpedo bomber and served his country well. Ida Marie and Bill were a wonderful couple and loved by many.
Ida Marie was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church in Orange. She was the inspiration and guiding force for the creation of the First Presbyterian Prayer Garden which was dedicated in memory of her husband and his mother, Nita Hill Stark.
She was also a charter member of the Orange Service League, had volunteered as a Gray Lady at the former Orange Memorial Hospital and served with the Orange Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee during their crepe myrtle drive.
Preceded in death by her husband; parents, John and Ethel (Reeder) Dickens; and brother, Jack Dickens, she is survived by two sons and one daughter, William Henry “Bill” Stark III, Randall Hill Stark and Linda Stark Barras, all of Orange. She was also blessed with 15 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
Ida Marie loved her family and lived each day as though it would be her last. She appreciated God’s beauty and wanted all it had to offer. She will be truly missed.
Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund, 902 Green Ave., Orange, 77630; the family said.