Ida Margaret McRonald (nee Magness) was born on October 2, 1930 and died of
She was born in Crumlin, a small town in Wales. Her parents were Stephen Lester Magness and Ethel (Watkins) Magness. As a young child, Ida moved with her parents and two brothers (Andrew and Bill) to Deal, a popular holiday resort near Dover in Kent on the southeast coast of
When World War II broke out in September 1939, she went to live with her grandmother in Crumlin as an evacuee. At the end of the war, she returned to Deal, finished school, and at age 18 enrolled as a trainee Registered Nurse at Folkestone Hospital. Following graduation as an RN, she was employed at Reading Hospital from 1951 to 1954.
In 1953, she met her future husband, Angus McRonald, a physicist from Scotland working at the nearby Atomic Weapons Research Institute. Married in 1954, they sailed to
In August 1965, the family came to the La Canada area, where her husband worked at
All who knew Ida noted her friendly disposition and her willingness to assist where she could. Always a loving wife and mother, she leaves her husband Angus of 58 years, a son Andrew in Portland, Oregon, and her daughter Carol in La Canada.
Ida was a happy, loving person who enjoyed music throughout her life, gardening, and dancing. Her one regret was that she did not have a strong singing voice in the Welsh tradition. She also loved to travel – enjoying cruises and many visits to relatives in England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and New Zealand, and to many European countries as well as places in the USA.
In recent years, she was active with the CalTech-JPL Retirees, going on many trips, and with the Pasadena Womens' Club.
Funeral services will be held at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Verdugo Hills Hospital at 1812 Verdugo Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91208, in memory of Ida McRonald, or to the