Ida Calhoun McDermid Ozburn, age 77, of Newnan, formerly of Riverdale, passed away, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005.
She was born on Sept. 11, 1928, in Charleston, S.C., the youngest daughter of George Chalmers and Floride Calhoun McDermid. After graduating from Saint Andrews Parish High School she attended Shorter College in Rome, Ga.., where she earned a BFA in Music.
Upon graduation she took a job at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School teaching music, but after a year there she decided to go to New York to study opera. Soon after she attended Grace Downs Flight School and got a job as a stewardess flying for Eastern Air Lines and “Cap'n Eddie” (Rickenbacker, of WWII fame). She was sent to be based in Atlanta, and there met her soon-to-be-husband, Arch McKinney “Mack” Ozburn, who was the organist at her church. They married in August of 1955, and moved back to Mack's home in Riverdale, Ga. in March of 1957, one month before the birth of their daughter, Rebecca Calhoun, Ruth Joanna was born in 1960. Ida stayed at home to raise their daughters, but in 1973, returned to college to get her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She started teaching again in 1974, at Riverdale Elementary School, where she taught second grade until her retirement. She was a member of Riverdale Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir, where Mack was organist and choir director. Upon his retirement from Riverdale Presbyterian, they decided to try a new church and joined Central Presbyterian, where Ida again was a member of the choir. She and Mack were active members of the Lion's Club and participated in the Georgia Camp for the Blind and the Canine Companions for Independence programs. After Mack passed away in 2003, she moved to Newnan to be near her daughters, and transferred her Lion's Club membership down there, but still made the 30 mile trip twice a week up to Atlanta to church.
She is survived by her daughters Rebecca and Joanna, sister and brother in law Floride and Dr. W. C. Worthington, Jr., sister in law and brother in law Idajo and James H. Daughtry, nine nieces and nephews; 14 grand nieces and nephews and six four-legged grandpets.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 21, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Gary W. Charles and the Rev. Caroline M. Kelley will officiate. Remains will be placed in state at 10 a.m. Interment Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of Flowers make contributions in Ida's memory to Central Presbyterian Music Ministries, c/o Central Presbyterian Church, 201 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 659-0274. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc. Jonesboro/Stockbridge is in charge of arrangements (770) 210-2700.