Ida Mae Wilson McMullen was born on October 26, 1937, in Swedesboro, NJ, to the late Edison Wilson and Sarah Davis Wilson. She slipped into being in the company of the Lord on June 22, 2021.
Ida started her education in a one-room schoolhouse in the country but later attended public school in Camden, NJ. She went on to graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School.
She had two careers as a journeyman at Caldwell Printer's and later a merchandise manager at K-Mart. In her leisure for the past 25 years, she baked cakes and cookies, made candy and chocolate covered everything to her family's delight, and played Bingo to hers. She traveled back and forth between New Jersey and Illinois, having duel residencies.
Ida gave birth to and raised seven children. Alice Wilson, Woodbury, NJ Michael Q. McMullen, Dennis (Jeanette) McMullen, Eric E. McMullen, Troy D. (Yolanda)McMullen all of Champaign, IL, Michelle McMullen, Billings MT, and Christopher D. (Ashley) McMullen, Paulsboro, NJ. These children intern blessed her with 21 grandchildren. The blessing continues to date with 18 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas H. McMullen; two grandchildren, Yameen Johnson and Payton K. McMullen; two great-grandsons, Javier Sibley and Noah Lewis Brown; four brothers, Frank (Sonny) and Orsel Davis; Edison Wilson, Jr. and Otto Wilson, Sr; and two sisters Sara Davis and Lillian Payne.
She leaves the rest of us to include nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends with beautiful memories of her fun spirit, her wisdom, and her love.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at 11:00 am on Saturday July 3, 2021 at Leek & Sons Funeral Home 1215 W. Bradley Ave., Urbana. Eulogist: Rev D.L. Jenkins. A visitation will begin at 9:00 am until the time of the service.
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