Ida May Zilhaver Right, 92, of Cambridge Springs, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2021, at her home where she has lived for the past sixty-two years. She was being cared for by family members and Hospice of Crawford County.
Ida May was born in Rockdale Township on October 28, 1928, to the late Alton Albert Zilhaver and Ida Christine Beckman Zilhaver. She was named after her great-grandmother, Ida May Rhodes Drake. She attended Isherwood Corners elementary school and Cambridge Springs High School class of 1946. On December 20, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart, Stanley Arnold Right, Jr., who proceeded her in death on February 22, 1994.
Ida May was a homemaker for many years then in the mid-1960s began working for the town doctor as his receptionist. Eventually the practice grew, and she became the office manager until her retirement in 1990.
Ida May was passionate about many things, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her family, her church and music. Much of her spiritual inspiration came from her mother-in-law, Dolly Arndt Right. Ida May attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church all her life and was the choir director for over 50 years. She was involved in the Women of the ELCA Lutheran women’s organization and served as president for several years. She was involved in the community theater as music director and as the director and actress in many productions. Her most memorable character was as Mammy Yokum in Li’l Abner. She also organized and directed a group known as the Potpourri Players writing musical skits and entertaining at events throughout Crawford and Erie counties. She was especially proud to be the recipient of the first “Timeless Tootsie” crown awarded at the Cambridge Springs fireman’s carnival.
Ida May hosted countless family and non-family gatherings at her home throughout the years, always attempting to add some form of spiritual and/or competitive fun. She loved things that were competitive. She bowled in the sisters bowling tournament with her three sisters for many years. She strived for good health and did her daily exercises right up to the day she had her final stroke.
Ida May served on the board of directors of Bethesda Lutheran Services for 20 years and dedicated countless hours supporting their programs. She valued the friendships that she acquired during her years there. She played Mrs. Claus for the children’s Christmas party for many years. She volunteered with the Salvation Army for many years as a bell ringer and marching in the fireman’s parade and hosting the annual picnic.
Ida May is survived by two children, Karin Lee Right-Nolan (Michael) and F. Philip Right (Stephanie). She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kimberly Kantz Riordan (Robbie), Nicole Kantz Henry (Bill), Eric Kantz (Marcy), Zachary Holbrook (Michael), Joshua Holbrook (Eileen), Jason Right (Melissa) and Kirk Right, three step grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Ida May was preceded in death by two brothers, M. Ross Zilhaver and Ray M. Zilhaver, three sisters, Marjorie L. Mitchell, Betty Gene Doutt and Marion J. Styborski.
The family would like to thank all her neighbors for their support especially Travis Davis who not only mowed and maintained her yard but was as dutiful as any grandson could be. Also, thanks to Hospice of Crawford County for their excellent care.
Memorials should be made to; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 25812 Mount Pleasant Rd., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403, Bethesda Lutheran Services, 15487 State Hwy 86, Meadville, PA 16335, Cambridge Springs Public Library, 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.
Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, 335 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 2 to 5 PM.