July 08, 1953 – July 21, 2022
Lida Hartley passed away with her husband, Jack and both her daughters, Jasmine and Asia by her side. She was kind, generous, humble, she was loving and never met a stranger. She danced with and without the music. She was a gardener and enjoyed her vegetables and shared them with everyone. She was artistic and loved making homemade gifts. She crafted jewelry, dream catchers and images she meticulously hand stamped out of metals. She made the best Better then Sex Cake of all time. She loved cats and taking care of strays. She created communities of strangers. Her smile, her physical humor and laugh will be missed. She was a loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by all those who witnessed her shine.
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Ah, “Mama” Lida….of all of us old friends and roommates, you were the most welcoming, the most accommodating, the most forgiving. It’s been a very long time since we hung out, a very long time since we laughed together, but you were an integral part of our orphan family, the one who made any hole in the wall crash pad feel like home.
I love you and miss you so much already. I keep thinking of reasons I need to call you. I didn’t get to tell you that you are going to be a great grandma. Amanda is having a baby boy. I hope you will be watching over us. Love you. ❤️
Just a couple of weeks ago I was showing Dave Millard (a friend from those days) the pictures Anna sent me years ago of our ragtag family of younger selves. You were in many of these pictures.
I realized that although we had been in the dance troupe together, had sung together, had imbibed together and were both integral members of our great Children’s Crusade together, I had never actually sat down and talked with you one-on-one. Then 45 years passed. . .
When I saw your picture I suddenly missed you; so many opportunities missed. A few days later and I received Anna’s email telling me you had passed.
Lida, I am so glad to know you had a full life with Jack, two daughters and grandchildren. And that you remained creative, loving and happy – and that you continued to touch everybody who knew you. That is a blessed and worthwhile life. You will continue as part of me and those others who love you. Happy continuation, my friend.
Hey Mom, You taught me to dance all the time. Anywhere, everywhere and anytime was as good as any, even if I couldn’t keep up with the beat. You took in everyone and loved them no matter where they came from. Your compassion and kindness helped many. Remember when you got me a cat and it quickly turned into 14. I became a crazy cat lady at such a young age. Your physical humor made us laugh and you were willing to look foolish if it made someone else smile. I will enjoy all these endearing memories of you. Hazzah
Loved all our times together, being teens, adults and moms. Will love you always, Lida..
I will miss you Aunt Lida. I wish you peace and serenity.