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Ida A. Rees '46

Ida Auleta Rees (nee Martz), 96, died peacefully in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 1, 2014. She kept her sense of humor and positive attitude toward life to the end. Born in Riverton Township, she lived on the family farm with her parents, Bertha L. Schwass and James C. Martz, and four siblings. She attended a one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade and was Valedictorian of Scottville H.S., Class of 1936. She graduated with a M.A. Degree in Education Psychology, attending colleges in Michigan and California. Ida taught school in rural Michigan, returning to school at Antioch College for advanced study. There she met and married pre-med student, Mario di Gesu. They pursued careers in education in California. Ida spent thirty years as a teacher, counselor, and school psychologist. In 1963 she married Dr. David Rees, a research psychologist and former WWII pilot and prisoner of war. Ida and Dave traveled extensively in Mexico, Europe and the Middle East, and covered the U.S. in their motor home, “Big Mo.” She generously shared her talents with charitable organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, VFW Auxiliary Custer,MI, the Community of Lytle Creek, California, and People's Church (Ludington). She danced into her late eighties with partner Robert Hamilton (Ludington) to Big Band music. Ida practiced yoga daily until the age of ninety. Ida leaves many close friendships and loving family members in Colorado, Michigan, Washington and California. She is survived by her sister, Julia Morell; sisters-in-law, Milda Donald) Martz, Dorthea (James) Martz, and Josephine (Charles) Martz; daughters, Mary Jo Bartholomew and Connie Grabois (Mitch); grandsons, Brandon (Valree) Moran, Joel (Elizabeth) Grabois and Russell (Stephanie) Grabois. She was predeceased by her brothers, Donald Martz, James Martz, and Charles Martz; and husbands, Mario diGesu and David Rees. A Memorial Service will be held at People's Church, Ludington, on Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ida's memory to People's Church, ( Scholarship Fund), 115 W Loomis St., Ludington, MI, 49431.