• Bembridge-Bowerbank, Ida Gloria

    December 7, 2018
  • Superior Twp., MI

    Age 98, was called home peacefully Monday morning December 3, 2018, after a short illness.  She was born Thursday, May 27, 1920.  She is the daughter of William and Rose McKay Bembridge.   

    She was greatly loved at Tabernacle & Maranatha church.  She loved to ride horses and taught her kids to love animals.  Sister to a brother and two sisters.  Wife and mother;  nurse, housekeeper, she taught, assisted nurtured and mentored.  She was a great cook and baker who enjoyed preparing meals.  She enjoyed being outdoors with her kids, plants, flowers, her dogs and birds.  She loved riding her bike and shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s market.  She also enjoyed traveling.  She loved to sew; making dresses, skirts, and blouses.  She taught her kids to help the poor, feed the hungry, visits the sick and disabled.

    She taught them to read the Bible and love God!  She read her Bible daily and sang her favorite hymns and songs of praise!  Beauty is vain and favor is deceitful but a woman who does the will of the Lord must be praised!

    Loved her children: Joy, Pandita (deceased), Shoshana, Winston, Donovan, Dean, Carol, Lisa, Donna, Brent, Alicia, Mark, Joy, Safiya, Wahid, Curtanya, Jamal, Ishmail, Rachel, Christopher, Stephanie, and Leah.  Also several great-grandchildren.  She’s preceded by her husband Charles, sisters Cislyn, Inez and brother Brudy.

    A public visitation will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 4 pm to 8 pm at C & H Community Home for Funerals, 411 S. Adams St, Ypsilanti. The funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018, with the family hour at 11 am followed by the service at 12 noon at C&H Community Home for Funerals. Burial to follow in United Memorial Gardens, Plymouth, Michigan. Please sign the guestbook below.


    My grandmother was like no other woman; very caring, thoughtful, and carried the weight of the world and it’s less fortunate. I am no doubt the woman I am because of all she instilled in my mother, her daughter. She had a silent strength that I can only hope I will be able to pass on to my daughter. Hymns and verses she taught her children and they have taught to their children will always be with us. We had a woman of excellence in you, Mama. We always knew you had our backs. You were greatly loved by all who met and knew you and you will be greatly missed. We will always love you.

    Mama, you are the heart of the family... you will forever be loved and missed.

    To the Bowerbank family, please accept our sincere sympathy during your time of bereavement. Aunt Ida was in many ways like a mother to me as well. I have fond memories of her that are always fresh on my heart. She would call me when she could on may occasions and was always interested in how my family and I were doing. Today, she is reunited with four (4) of the people she truly loved and who truly loved her: Her precious mother - Grandma Rose, loving daughter Panzy: Sisters she loved- Cissy and Inez and brother George. Aunt Ida was a wonderful and gracious Aunt, mother and wife. Her quiet demeanor and strength were unprecedented. God had called her home and "It is well with her soul."