HARTVILLE - Ida Mae (Bolyard) Bancroft, 84, of Hartville, Ohio, went peacefully to her heavenly home on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Akron City Summa Hospital after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family who released her into the arms of Jesus at 5:40 p.m.
At a young age while attending daily vacation Bible school, she received Christ as her Savior and remained very committed in her walk with Christ until the day He took her home.
Ida Mae was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Adrian, Mich., to Harold Clyde and Florence Lena Marie (Alexander) Bolyard. Being born during the depression, her family moved often, but finally settled near Adrian, Mich. Following graduation from Adrian High School in 1947, she attended Cleveland Bible College (now Malone University) and graduated in 1950 with a music diploma focusing on piano performance.
She married Charles Edward Bancroft on June 5, 1948. They were married 63 years when Charles went home to glory on Dec. 30, 2011. Ida Mae served alongside her husband, Charles, in the ministry for 50 years with the Evangelical Friends Church - Eastern Region (EFC-ER).
Together they ministered with the Celina Friends Church, Barberton Friends Church, East Goshen Friends Church, and the Anderson United Methodist Church. During their early years of ministry, Ida Mae taught piano lessons. She directed church choirs and played the piano and organ at all the churches where they served together. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and was especially interested in the Missionary Society meetings and reading missionary books.
Ida Mae later returned to Malone University to complete her bachelor's degree in Music Education. After receiving her teaching certification in 1970, Ida Mae taught music at Chippewa Local School District (Wayne County, Ohio) and Lisbon Exempted Village School District (Columbiana County, Ohio). She retired from full-time teaching in 1993.
During her retirement years, Ida Mae was actively involved in various church activities. She also loved to attend any school or athletic event in which the grandchildren participated. She loved to read and watch Detroit Tigers baseball. She was also very creative and made beautiful greeting cards. She loved great music and was still playing the piano up to two hours a day until she became ill. She was active in the Hartville Golden Neighbors, the Stark County Retired Teachers Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, and the EFC-ER Retired Pastors group.
In addition to her parents and husband, Ida Mae Bancroft was preceded in death by her sisters, Loretta Warner, Lois Tuckerman, and Lillian McClain, and her brothers, Harold and Robert Bolyard.
She is survived by a sister, Letha Davenport; a brother, Harvey (Annie) Bolyard; and three children, Connie of Alliance, Claude (Sonia) of Hartville, and Charles I (Robin) of Canfield. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Charles E. II, Daniel, and Claude Jr., and 15 nephews and seven nieces.
Interment has taken place at the Mount Peace Cemetery in Hartville, Ohio, in a private family service. A celebration service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Canton First Friends Church, located at 5455 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44714, with Dr. Wayne Evans and Pastor John Ryser officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon to 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Canton First Friends Church Missions Fund.
I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day. -- II Timothy 1:12.