Idella L. Cramer


First Posted: 3/30/2011

LimaIdella L. Cramer, 90, died at 3:35 a.m. March 29, 2011, at Otterbein Care Center, Cridersville.She was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Hepburn to Norton and Bertha Riley Banning, who preceded her in death. On April 7, 1946, she married Paul R. Cramer, who died Dec. 14, 2004.Mrs. Cramer was a homemaker and had been a clerk at Wells/Kings and Gregg's Department Store. She had worked part-time selling Avon. She had been a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church, Tiffin, for 10 years, where she had taught Sunday school and was on the Communion committee. She then became of member of Cairo United Methodist Church, Cairo, for 10 years, where she taught Sunday school. In 1968, she transferred to Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of its United Methodist Women. She was a Navy veteran, serving as a seaman first class during World War II, stationed in Washington, D.C. During that time she had the opportunity to interact with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on several occasions. While living in Tiffin, she volunteered as a Brownie leader for third- and fourth-graders. She was a 4-H adviser of the Cairo Cloverettes, where she was involved in first-level cooking and sewing. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, but most of all she enjoyed her times with her husband and their friends camping at Indian Lake. She will be dearly missed by her family.Survivors include two daughters, Paula (Dr. C. Lynn) Thompson, of Lima, and Lillian (William) Neal, of Naples, Fla.; a foster brother, Richard Gantt, of Marion; five grandchildren, Dahn (Warren) Nilsen, Jennifer (Todd) Clark, Elizabeth (Brian) Messerschmitt, Melissa (Michael) Schwartz and Ryan Neal; and seven great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by a brother, Dana Banning; and a sister, Jean Ward.Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Eastside Chapel. The Rev. Phyllis Fetzer will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Victory, Hale Township, with military rites.Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Hospice or the Employee Appreciation Fund at Otterbein Care Center.Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.

Idella L. Cramer

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