Ida Mae Wilsey of Bourbon, Missouri was born in Lineville, Iowa, June 29, 1934 to Sears S. and Gladys Eva (Bettis) Jones and passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at the age of 86 years.
She married Bennie Jerome Wilsey on July 3, 1956, in Cordon, Iowa.
Bennie was a Methodist Minister and Ida Mae was always by his side. Together, they ministered for 48 years.
Ida Mae was very education oriented and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was employed as an elementary school teacher for Lonedell, Union and Silex schools. She was also a substitute teacher throughout southeast Missouri. Ida Mae was a very spunky lady. She loved horseback riding and kept horses until the age of 80.
On her 85th birthday, Ida Mae and her family went zip lining at Meramec Caverns. Ida Mae had a green thumb and could bring a plant back from the brink of death. She also enjoyed watching Roy Rogers movies, listening to Gaither music and visiting Silver Dollar City. She and Bennie took several motorcycle rides to the Smoky Mountains, Colorado Rockies and Pikes Peak.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Jerome Wilsey; her parents, Sears and Gladys Jones; one granddaughter, Shawna; two brothers, Jimmy and Billy Jones; and one sister, Louise Grimme.
She is survived by her children, Mark Wilsey and wife Christine of Paragould, Arkansas, Sharla Kinder and husband Joel of Sullivan, Missouri, Darla Yates and husband Frank of Sullivan, Missouri and Kevin Wilsey and wife Nanette of Winfield, Missouri; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; one sister, Karen Teater and husband Warren of Fresno, California; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Sullivan, Misosuri with Pastor Brenda Stobbe officiating.
Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery in Grubville, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Sullivan, Missouri.