By Tony Parra
Ida Lou Inge took care of her only daughter. She was the brains of the family and although a bashful, modest person, she still loved being around people.
“She didn’t like to talk, but she was a great listener,” Pamela Inge, her daughter, said. “She loved people. She listened to me when I had a problem.”
Ida Lou died on Jan. 3 at Roosevelt County General hospital. Pamela said Ida Lou had problems with a condition in which she had hardening of the arteries.
Ida Lou married James Carl Inge on Dec. 27, 1946, in Portales. They worked for many years in the salvage and recycling business. Pamela said after her father died in 1995 her mother began to lose energy. Ida Lou took up a job at the SOS recycling store.
“She was my dad’s bookkeeper and his secretary,” Pamela said about the family’s recycling business. “She kept everything straight and was well-organized. My father depended on her a lot. She made sure everything was under budget.”
Pamela said Ida Lou moved from Brownfield, Texas, in a covered wagon when Pamela was four years old. Ida Lou attended Portales schools along with her cousin Gene Phillips and her future husband, James Carl.
Phillips said he used to visit Pamela at her house when he was in grade school.
“Being from a farm family, we used to do chores when I went over to her house,” Phillips said. “We enjoyed spending time together. I moved to California and didn’t come back after high school.”
Pamela said her father used to tease her mother when they were in grade school.
“They rode the school bus and he would tease her,” Pamela said. “That was his way of showing her he liked her.”
Family members said she loved to bowl, but Pamela said after one of Ida Lou’s friend’s suffered from cancer, she quit bowling. She bowled in a national tournament in Las Cruces in 1962 and then went to a national tournament in Memphis, Tenn. in 1963.
“After she quit bowling, she sat down one day and began crocheting,” Pamela said. “She did it with a passion. She even made some Christmas ornaments.”
Ida Lou also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and her dog, Buster Brown. She enjoyed trips to Laughlin, Nev., and attending horse races in Ruidoso. Pamela said her mother was not the type of lady who just sat on the couch.
“She was always doing something,” Pamela said. “She was a small lady but she had a lot of energy.”