Ida Mae Teague, 97, of Oelwein passed away Thursday November 5, 2020 at Arlington Place, Assisted Living in Oelwein. Graveside services will be held privately at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and for the safety of friends and relatives, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled in the spring. Memorials may be directed to Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein.
Ida Mae (Anderson) Teague was born February 11, 1923 along with an identical twin sister, Elizabeth Anne. She was devastated when her sister was killed in a sledding accident in January 1937. The twins were born on a farm near Manchester, Iowa, to Anton and Martha (Dralle) Anderson. Ida Mae graduated as class valedictorian from Oneida Consolidated School in 1940. Later she attended Paris Beauty School in Cedar Rapids, graduating in 1941. After beauty school she worked in Manchester and Oelwein as a beautician. Ida Mae then became a bookkeeper at the First National Bank in Oelwein where she worked until she married Harold Earl Teague in 1945. In those days, married women were not allowed to work in that bank.
Harold and Ida Mae were the third generation to operate the Teague dairy farm northeast of Oelwein. They farmed there for about 50 years. Leisure activities included fishing and camping in their RV in Minnesota and Canada and they spent 21 winters as Snowbirds in Florida. Trips to Alaska, Hawaii and taking several cruises were highlights of their retirement years.
They moved to Oelwein in 1997 where Harold passed away in October 2000. Ida Mae loved playing cards, especially bridge, and enjoyed visiting with friends. The daily crossword and Cryptoquote were morning rituals and she often shared answers with her long-time friend, Bob Davis, Piedmont, S.C. Ida Mae was a member of the Christ United Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include daughter Janet Teague Grimley of Shoreline, WA; granddaughter Brynn (Jeffrey) Graham and great-grandsons Ryland and Grayson Graham of Gig Harbor, WA; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her twin sister Elizabeth, husband Harold, and teenage son Jon, in 1972.