Ida Mae Pittman was born on March 26, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Stanley and Ida Camilia Pittman.
On Monday, December 20, 2021 at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ida Mae peacefully transitioned to be with the Lord, and is now one of God’s Heavenly Angels.
At an early age, Ida Mae accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Under the pastorate of the late Reverend Harold O’ Davis she was baptized and became an official member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where she faithfully served for 65 years.
Ida Mae went to church every Sunday, she loved the Lord, her church, and her church family. Cornerstone Baptist Church was the only place Ida Mae wanted to be on Sundays.
During her 65 years of dedicated service to God, and to Cornerstone Baptist Church she served in numerous ministries: the Usher Board, the Church Anniversary Committee, the Volunteers Ministry, the Kitchen Committee, the Nurses Unit, and the Building Ministry, to name a few.
Ida Mae was also President of the Missionary Ministry, President of the Faith Choir, President of the Mass Choir and President of the Leader’s Council. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord in every capacity she could, and her actions proved she was a dedicated servant of God. She raised her children in the church, encouraged others to attend church, and truly loved the Lord.
Ida Mae received her formal education in the Philadelphia Public School system. She attended Spring Garden Elementary School, Stoddard Fleisher Junior High School and William Penn High School for Girls where she proudly earned her high school diploma.
Ida Mae was exemplary in her role as mother to her two children, and was committed to the proper upbringing of them. Her children were taught to never utter the words “I can’t.” She was a true example of hard work and a dedicated soldier in God’s army.
Ida Mae was an extraordinary mother, grand-mother, great grand-mother, aunt and friend. She was devoted to her children, raised them in Cornerstone Baptist Church, and taught them to love God.
Ida Mae’s love of family was evident in many ways. She had a positive interaction with those of all ages. At the Pittman Family Annual Christmas Dinner, you could count on her to bless the food, to share family memories, a good laugh, and to give an awesome Christmas gift to everyone in attendance. Children in the family wanted to come to the dinner to see “what Aunt Ida got them”.
Ida Mae worked as a manager at the famous Dewey’s Restaurant in center city Philadelphia for many, many years.
Ida Mae was known throughout the city of Philadelphia for her dedication to helping others. She was a Council Woman in the 15th & 16th wards for 8 years. She was an activist and fought for the rights of others. She was a community service case manager at the mayor’s office of Community Services. She was a pillar at the Martin Luther King Center.
Ida Mae was proceeded in death by her parents; four sisters: Mildred, Susan, Helen, and Francis; three brothers: James, Stanley and Booker T.
She leaves the love of God, and cherished memories to her two awesome children: daughter, Geneva (husband: Curtis) of Glenolden, PA, and son, Hasan of Philadelphia, Pa; five grand-children: Geneva (husband: Marqui), Rashad, Alnisha, Hasan, and Selena; Three great grand-children: Jeremiah, Liam and Shaia; Two special Daughters-in-love; Mia Morton and Sabrina Wilson; Friend(s): Asia, Judy and Tracy, dedicated caretaker(s), her nieces Rose & Bernice, son Hasan, granddaughter Alnisha, and Ms. Tamika Jenkins along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins & friends
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