Ida Maye Lux was born in the hills of Kentucky on October 25, 1914, and lived there until age 14 when her parents moved to Kansas. She married Cleland A Lux in 1933 and remained in Kansas until 1936 when they ventured out to California. They settled in Downey in 1946 and raised a single son Roger who attended USC. She was a housewife and active in the community with Sister Kenny foundation (named Woman of the Year) and school PTA.
She was a longtime member of Downey First Christian Church, and became active in the church in 1976 after the passing of her husband.
It’s the things she did with her church family that made life memorable during her Golden years. She was active with DFCC -- helping out in the office, helping during summer Vacation Bible School, and, most importantly, helping in the nursery. She earned the affectionate name “Grandma Tiny” for her devotion to the children and her role in guiding them to lead productive lives. She proudly kept countless pictures and drawings of “special” children from families at church taped to the kitchen wall.
She was active in the Saints Alive group at DFCC, visiting retirement homes weekly, and also helped with Meals on Wheels. During that period she joined guided tours to many places around the world, readily made friends, and amassed a collection of cardinal birds.
She could recall most any song she ever liked – a near-perfect recall of lyrics – all the verses, but not always the melody.
She once stated “the most beautiful things in the world are roses and babies; these are truly God's greatest gifts.”
She celebrated her 100th birthday last October, and went to be with her Lord on June 22, 2015. She is survived by her son Roger Lux, who currently lives in Downey, and by the hundreds of “grandkids” who were under her care in the DFCC nursery.
A viewing is scheduled at Rose Hills on July 5th, and a Celebration of Life is planned at Downey First Christian Church on Saturday, July 18th at noon.