Ida's Story

Bucksport - Ida A. Hunt, 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 27, 2016. She was the daughter of Charles Arthur and Anna Marsella Altman of Northville Michigan. She had one brother Charles Altman, now deceased. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Howard F. Hunt.
Ida is survived by her four children and 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild; Carol Stark and husband Ben, daughter's Becky and Sarah of Oak Park IL; William Hunt and wife Karen, daughter's Rosalie and Jennie of Vineland NJ; Steven Hunt and wife Mary, son Christopher and daughter's Katie and Julianne of Hastings NY; and Dr. John Hunt and wife Michelle, son William and daughter's Jane and Molly of Bucksport. Her great grandson is Ray (Becky's son).
Ida graduated from Northville High School in Northville MI in 1936 with honors. She was vice president of her class, on the debate, drama, basketball, golf and track teams. She also played in the band, sang in the chorus and was editor of the paper. At one point Ida played the base drum in the high school band when she was only 11 years old.
She then attended Michigan State University and graduated with a teaching and journalism degree in 1940. She played the drums in the college Symphony, reported for the college newspaper, tutored, was on the fencing team and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. This is where Ida met her loving husband of 58 years, Howard Hunt.
Her junior year was spent at the school of journalism at the University of Wisconsin.
After college Ida taught one year of grade school in Melvindalle MI then moved to Minneapolis, married Howard and worked for Northwest airline in public relations, even though (by her own admission) she hated flying.
During WWII Ida and Howard moved to Philadelphia while Howard was in the Navy. They moved to Menlow Park in California and then to Palos Park IL where she raised her four children. In 1962 the family moved to Irvington NY. Ida continued to raise her children, also worked at a thrift shop and volunteered at Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry. After the kids were grown Ida went back to school and earned her Masters Degree in Special Education from Manhattan College and taught as one of the first special ed teachers in the state of Springhurst Elementary School in Dobbs Ferry NY.
Ida and Howard retired to Vineland NJ then moved to Blue Hill and after Howard's passing, settled in Bucksport near her youngest son John.
Ida loved reading, collecting books and antiques, writing and teaching. She also loved to live in big Victorian houses.
Ida was a charming, witty, smart, funny woman. Her short stories written in long hand about raising four kids with a psychologist husband reveal those qualities to a tee. All those who met her and worked with her became instant friends and admirers.
But her pride and joy were always her four children; "Carol, Bill, Steve, John."
The Hunt Family would like to thank her special friends; Jessica, Carole, Deb, Lynne, Addie and Rachelle for their care and companionship which helped her remain in her own home until the end.
Private services were held. In lieu of flowers contributions in Ida's memory may be made to Bucksport Community Concerns, P.O. Box 603, Bucksport, ME 04416 or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, Bucksport. Condolences to the family may be made at
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