Ida was born on Feb. 26, 1914 in Day County, Okla. She grew up in Panhandle and graduated from Panhandle High School in 1931. She married Ernest Roselius in 1934, whom she was married to for 65 years until his death in 1999. Together they had three children; one daughter, the late Carol Ann Mitchell and husband, Jimmy Don, of Panhandle and two sons, Dale Joe Roselius and wife, Peggy, of Panhandle and Jay Bob Roselius and wife, Reva, of Amarillo. They have six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ida has been an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Panhandle and was a member of the Athurian Club. She worked at various local businesses, including Panhandle Dry Goods, Dick Orr Hardware, and was a mail carrier for the western part of Carson County.
To commemorate Ida’s 100 years, decorations included photographs of events of the year 1914, apothecary jars filled with candies that originated in the year 1914, beautiful flower arrangements, colorful balloons and a family tree made by grandson, Danny Roselius, which included all the family members.
Guests were invited to fill individual gift bags with the special candies to take home, and the celebration ended with the release of 100 balloons into Saturday’s beautiful Panhandle sky!
If you missed Ida’s birthday celebration, as I did (due to a member of our own family’s birthday), stop in and wish her a belated happy birthday! You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more hospitable soul! I have never been to Miss Ida’s home that she has not had at least one, if not two more visitors dropping by to say hello and bask in the sheer delight of her anecdotal charm!
God bless you, Ida, as you have blessed…and continue to bless so many.