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Idell Ruth Ford

January 16, 1955 October 24, 2019
Idell Ruth Ford
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Idell made her grand entrance into the world on January 16, 1955 to the parents of Rufus and Ethel Ford. Her childhood was filled with happy memories and rivalry amongst her siblings – Cheryl, Delores, Keith and later on Kevin. If you knew Idell you knew she was something special. She could rise to the occasion and was always ready to go to bat and fight if need be for those she loved and what she believed in. One thing you may have not known is that she was sensitive and although she did not show it she absolutely liked things done in a certain way. Everything she said and did was on purpose like the way she made up her bed and folded the corners of the sheet or how she washed and put away her folded clothes.

Idell attended and graduated from Newark Public schools and went on to start her career with the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center in 1987 and retired in 2015. Rain, sleet or snow she would rise early in the am to get to work on time - ready to make a contribution in the lives of children who had veered off the path. I wish you could have seen the smile on her face as she shared precious moments about her kids’ accomplishments, their graduations and school dances. The weekends were reserved for having fun – spending time with family, traveling and getting together with friends. We can still hear the oldies playing loud from the first floor at 131 South 8th – Planet Rock, Men all pause and Billie Jean by Michael Jackson. Over and over she would go through wardrobe changes before finding the perfect get up to party in with her girls. You couldn’t tell her nothing once she was all dolled up!

“Honey please!” she would say. “Life is what you make it! You want to be happy, be happy.” One of her favorite mottos was: “IT IS WHAT IT IS AND ITS GOING TO BE WHAT ITS GOING TO BE!”… One thing is for sure – Idell lived life on her own terms right down to her transition and we are certain that she left when she was ready! You see she wasn’t taken from us but lent to us and we must always hold these truths in our hearts. As we all walk away today hold the memory of Idell in your heart. Put a smile on your face. Remember your time with her.

Her legacy lives on in: her only son, Roshon Ford; siblings, Delores Womack, Keith and Kevin Ford; grandchildren, Rahon, Terrelle, TaShonda, Messiah, Roshon, Ava Grace, Rahjan Tramayne & Adrianna Rashawna Ford, Zarea, Kamari & Makayla Jones; nephews/nieces, Darryn, Archie & Iopha Womack and Dewayne; great nephews/nieces, English & Taheerah Norman II, Madinah, Cheryl, Shanda & Nakiah; Haneefah Ford; daughter in Love, Andrea Jones, step sons/daughters in love, Ronald Jr., Ernie, Kim & Precious. Special love shouts: To her best friend -Beatrice Merrick Jackson, your friendship of 35+ yrs. is unforgettable. To her roll dog/ ride or die –Laura Jean. Last but not least, Abdul “Wali” Salaam, be at peace knowing that she knew for 30+ years you have loved her – she loved you too. Idell leaves a host of other family members and friends not mentioned but no less significant – you too are so loved and adored.

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Visitation

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2

Nov

10:00 AM 11/2/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

2

Nov

11:00 AM 11/2/2019 11:00:00 AM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States

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Location

Rosehill Cemetery Final Resting Place

Rosehill US Highway 1 N
Linden, NJ 07036

Rosehill US Highway 1 N Linden 07036 NJ
United States
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