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Ida S. Sands, 105, Ottawa, Kan., died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Ottawa Retirement Village.

Graveside services are planned for 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Peoria Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Dengel & Son Mortuary.

She was born Thursday, March 28, 1907, in Prairie Home, Mo., the daughter of Karl M. and Caroline Barbara (Schilb) Seifert.

She attended schools in Otterville, Mo.

She lived in De Soto, Kan., for 11 years before moving to rural Ottawa in 1978. She previously lived in Aurora, Mo.

Ida was a homemaker.

She was ordained as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa in 1981. When the church closed, she transferred her membership to Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1987. She was active in United Presbyterian Women, and was also a member of Union Chapter No. 15, Order of the Eastern Star of Ottawa and Past Matron of the Aurora Lodge. She raised butterflies, painted numerous paintings and wrote poetry.

On Sept. 12, 1925, Ida was united in marriage with James Robert “Bob” Sands at Sedalia, Mo. He preceded her in death March 25, 1983. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald R. Sands and his wife, Carol, Ottawa, Kan., and Robert E. Sands and his partner, Betty Tong, Costa Mesa, Calif.; two daughters, Melva Sweetwood, Edgerton, Kan., and Barbara Curry, Corvalis, Ore.;  daughter-in-law, Betty Sands, Ottawa, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Ida also was preceded in death by a son, Merle L. Sands; her parents, Karl M. and Caroline B. Seifert; four sisters; six brothers; two sons-in-law, Bud Sweetwood and Chuck Curry; a granddaughter, Cheryl Sweetwood; and a grandson, Terry Sands.

The family suggests memorials to Westminster Presbyterian Church or Vitas Hospice through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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