Ida Mae Wade

Ida Mae Wade, 97, of Warrensburg, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Ridge Crest Nursing Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019, at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home with Reverend Louie Lowe officiating. Interment will follow in Warrensburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jacob Wade, Brian Bixby, David Wade, and John Bixby.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and can be left in care of the funeral home.

She was born May 26, 1921, in Higginsville, Missouri the daughter of Edward and Christina (Mueller) Schowengerdt.

On November 4, 1949, she and Ward Wade were united in marriage in Higginsville. He preceded her in death in December of 1990.

Mae was a talented woman. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing clothing for her children and grandchildren, and book bags for the Warrensburg United Methodist Church’s mission trips. She did not have a lengthy, formal education, but she was an amazing and fearless problem solver, building rooms, shelves and easier ways to keep house, garden and sew. An accomplished gardener, she spent many hours tending her yard, vegetables and flowers alike. She believed family was important and became the keeper of family history, tracking and facilitating the connections of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a woman who believed in treating others with generosity and kindness and giving grace to all. Her gentle manner and sweet smile will be greatly missed.

Mae is survived by her children, Carol Wade of Independence, Diane (John) Bixby of Lee’s Summit, and David Wade of Warrensburg; her grandsons, Jacob (Marjorie) Wade of Raymore and Brian (Kelly) Bixby of Lee’s Summit; and one great-grandson, Martin Wade.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ward, her parents, Edward and Christina, and five siblings.

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