Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 31, 2013

Lila Berle (Nugent) Kidder

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.

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