FRANKFORT — Lila Berle (Nugent) Kidder, 88, of Frankfort, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. She was born in Frankfort on Sept. 12, 1925, the daughter of Lloyd and Bertha (Crawford) Nugent.
Lila was a sister, cousin, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Sister: Lila, Lorraine and Carolyn were a gang of three on the farm as small children. All mischief and spirit, they connected in a way that all of us wish we felt with our family. As they grew the three girls added brother, Ken, and baby sister, Mary, to their circle. Life for Lila would forever be based on this group of five.
Cousin: To the end of her life Lila spoke of her cousins. That connection to generations of the family is a necessity that she and her siblings have passed on to generations that have followed.
Wife: Lila and Don were married their entire adults lives. For 67 years she told him what needed to be done and he did it. They were quite the team!
Mother: Lila raised her three children and helped in the lives of many other children by serving as a foster parent. Her mothering was always based on seeing the positive and individuality in each child and to the last day of her life she was never heard to criticize any of us as we made our choices.
Aunt: Lila took very seriously her responsibility to be a part of all the siblings’ children and calling out “Aunt Lila” got a better response than calling out “Mom”.
Grandmother: Lila truly cherished each and every one and became a significant part of their adult lives.
Great-Grandmother: Lila has taught the generations before them the value of family and this new generation entering this world to a huge circle of relatives to nurture them as we all were nurtured by Lila.
Her legacy will forever be that she never spoke poorly of anyone.
Lila is survived by her husband, Don; grateful children, Kathie (Bob) Richardson, Derryl Kidder and Julie (Matt) Hospenthal; six cherished grandchildren, Alex (Jessica) Schroeder, Ingrid (James) Hewette, Carrie (Kyle) Simmons, Kyle (Heather) Hospenthal, Krista Hospenthal and Florencia Kidder; six happy and healthy great-grandchildren with two more due in November; three sisters she adored, Lorraine Gillison, Carolyn Roper and Mary Lee; and by sister-in-law, Nona Nugent; and brother-in-law, Jerry Lee.
She was preceded in death by parents; infant brother, Douglas Lloyd; brother, Kenneth; and brothers-in-law, Rodney Gillison and Keith Roper.
After World War II ended Don H. Kidder came home from the Navy Submarines and on March 16, 1947, they were united in marriage.
Lila was always busy; she worked in many professions, as a orderly at Anna Markham Hospital, secretary at Ann Arbor Railroads, Rice’s Dairy and the Soil Conservation office. She set printing blocks at Gwen Frostic and retired as head cook at Frankfort Schools.
In her spare time she oversaw the picking of the cherry orchards and taught sewing to 4-H girls.
Lila was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She and Don were in a square dancing club, a pinochle club, a snowmobiling club, a dinner club and always active at Blaine Christian Church.
Lila made 19 beautiful hand-stitched quilts which were gifted to family and friends. Lila’s life centered on her immediate family and her church family. She will be deeply missed by many.
Lila’s husband and children wish to acknowledge their gratitude for the gentle care given by Paul Oliver Living and Rehab these past two years.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Blaine Christian Church, with Pastor Bob Larimer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A light luncheon will follow the service.
Please no flowers; a donation to the church in honor of Lila would be kind.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.