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Ida Doss

November 9, 1921 - June 8, 2018

The Lord came and took Ida Doss home on June 8, 2018 to lead her into an everlasting existence of love and peace. Ida was born on November 9, 1921 in Myrtlewood, Alabama to Alex C. Richards, Sr. and Jackie Ezell Richards. Raised in a loving Christian home, Ida accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized in August 1934 at the Jerusalem Number 2 Baptist Church by Rev. Thornton Davis. For the remainder of her life, Ida prayed continuously and studied the Bible. Ida fed daily on the Word and created a “treasure box” filled with handwritten scriptures. She boldly shared the Gospel and encouraged many to seek salvation while using her financial resources to support missionary work domestically and internationally.
Ida married her childhood sweetheart, Eddie Edison Doss, and the young couple lived in Mobile, Alabama. Eddie served in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps with the Fifty-First Defense Battalion in the Pacific Theater, and Ida worked for the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company while raising their young daughter, Theresa. While working, Ida faced overt racism as she was a survivor of the 1943 Mobile race riot.
After Eddie was discharged from the Marines, he moved north to Lorain, Ohio in 1946 seeking job opportunities. Ida and Theresa joined him the following year, becoming part of the post-WWII Great Migration. Upon arrival to Ohio, Ida became a full-time homemaker. She maintained an inviting, immaculate house that was open to all who needed assistance, wanted to enjoy a delicious dish, or desired to experience Ida’s wisdom. She beautified her neighborhood with her flowers and pristine yard. With her love for gardening, Ida could always be found cultivating her flowers and tomato and pepper plants every summer. For five years, Ida was a foster parent. She also was a mentor to the young and old in the Lorain community. Her favorite words to her mentees were, “You can do it.”
Ida joined Second Missionary Baptist Church in 1947. Ida became a deaconess in 1959 and served for nearly 60 years. In addition to sitting on the Deaconess Board, she taught a Sunday school class for twenty years from 1970 to 1990. Striving to be the best teacher she could be, Ida took courses in biblical studies certified by the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., at the local, state, and national levels. She became a certified teacher of the New Testament by the Congress. After she retired from teaching Sunday school, Ida continued to receive her Sunday school commentary and read the lessons every Sunday.
As a member of Second Baptist’s Missionary Society, Ida served as the Director of the Youth Department for ten years from 1963 to 1973, which included the Red Circle and the Sunshine Band. In 1973, she was elected president of the Senior Missionary Society and served as president for 28 years. Under Ida’s leadership, the society instituted a Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch and Feed the Hungry Program that served over 800 meals the first year. Ida joined the Senior Choir in 1965 and remained an active member. Exemplifying her life-long dedication to ministry, in 2003, Ida was instrumental in developing and organizing with others the Senior Fellowship Ministry as a social outlet for the elderly at Second Baptist and other community churches.
Always active in the community, Ida spent many hours engaging in other charitable and civic work. Her additional affiliations included a life membership in the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as past president of Auxiliary #822; Lorain Civic League; Elks Peerless Temple, NO. 236; and Mary Chapter 24 Order of the Eastern Star as Worthy Matron.
Ida believed in education. A highly intelligent woman, she had a thirst for knowledge. Denied the opportunity to attend high school in Alabama due to Jim Crow segregation, Ida earned her high school diploma from International Correspondence Schools in 1964. She demanded academic excellence for her family and expressed pride in her daughter and grandson graduating from law school. Ida was a voracious reader of history and current affairs, which she used to form her perspectives that she did not hesitate to share.
Ida also enjoyed life. She loved music, learning how to play the organ in her sixties. She traveled the U.S. coast to coast and visited Canada and the Bahamas. For her 95th birthday, Ida traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition, Ida was an avid bowler well into her nineties. Participating in various local leagues, she bowled 200 games on multiple occasions.
Ida was a virtuous woman who was dedicated to her husband, daughter, son-in-law, grandson, granddaughter-in-law, parents, siblings, other relatives, and friends. She lovingly cared for her husband for six years before he passed away. Left to share Ida’s precious memories are her daughter, Hon. Theresa Doss; son-in-law, James T. Wahls; grandson, James Christopher Doss Wahls; daughter-in-law, Dr. Maria S. Johnson; sister-in-law, Sarah Hughes; a devoted niece, Vera Griffie, who called her daily; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is also survived by many dear friends, including the families of Ida Jane Washington Quinn, her dearest friend of 71 years, and Betty Fluker, who she could call day or night. Ida was preceded in death by her parents, Alex, Sr. and Jackie; husband, Eddie; and siblings, Irene Richards, Dorcas Foster, Georgia Woodson, Willie Richards, Elizabeth Lewis, Clayton Richards, Portis Poellenitz, Levi Richards, Ferlean Jackson, Octavia Johnson, Alex C. Richards, Jr., Earnestine Hearst, Gurdie Mae Osman, and Arthur Lee Woodson.

Ida’s life epitomized how a Christian woman should live. The matriarch of her family, a leader in her church, and a pillar of the community, Ida possessed an internal light of love and respect that shined on all who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be missed. Nevertheless, Ida’s legacy of love and hard work should encourage us to move forward letting our light shine, so we too can glorify the Lord.



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