Ida L. Gore Munday, aged 71, died peacefully at home in Whitehouse, Texas on Thursday, August 6, 2015. The descendant of original settlers, Ida was born in Pearland on October 28, 1943. In 1962, she graduated from Pearland High School and was the school’s first recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award. A lifelong Methodist, she served as a choir director and was a member of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church. After her 1997 retirement from Texas Utilities in Fairfield, Ida devoted time to the Buffalo Elementary School tutoring program and as the director of Buffalo’s Red Hat Band. She enjoyed reading, cooking, family gatherings and crossword puzzles, but she loved the Gulf Coast, the mountains of Colorado and penny slot machines.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dora and Ernest L. Long, Sr.; brothers, E.L. Jr., Wayne and Edwin Long and sister, Donna Bristow. Ida is also preceded in death by husbands, Ottis Gore, with whom she had four children and by the love of her life, Howard D. Munday, Jr.
Ida is survived by sisters, Delores Stevenson of Pearland and Mary Borm of San Marcos; numerous brothers- and sisters-in-law, as well as, a myriad of cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her immediate family including daughter, Milinda Ellis & husband, Billy, of Jewett; daughter, Sherry Robbins & husband, Jason, of Whitehouse; sons, Chris Gore of Kilgore and Greg Gore & wife, Jeri, of Teague; eight grandchildren, Brandy Ellis-White, Dwayne Ellis, Sherri Lynne Martinez, Kristen Gore, Colton Gore, Cason Gore, Heather Perser and Cassandra Reyna and four great grandchildren, Kayla White, Zoey White, Blaize Ellis and Audrey Martinez.
Diagnosed with cancer in 1986, 1991 and again in 2006, Ida fought the good fight. She credited her beloved oncologist, Dr. Arielle Lee, of Tyler with her longevity.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home with Craig Graham presiding. Interment followed at the Buffalo Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Bill Frison, Billy Ellis, Don Boykin, Dwayne Ellis, Colton Gore & Eddie Harcrow. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Robbins & Giovanni Martinez.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks donations be made to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of East Texas or to the charitable cause of your choice.
Walters’ Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo was in charge of all arrangements.