Toomer Family BLOG

Our goal is to celebrate ALL Toomer family members today and yesterday. This blog will include history, genealogy, and reunion news. Additionally we will share our talent in poetry and prose, along with spotlight news on family members.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Big Aunt Ida Parsons

The term big is used in different ways. Occasionally it is used to describe in which direction a person tips the scale. Often it is used to describe birth order as in Big Momma, who is the grand or great grandmother. We use big and little, to distinguish father and son with the same name.

Big Aunt Ida was a little woman, under 5 feet tall. She is called big to describe order. She has a niece, Ida Bell Toomer Riley, whom we call Little Aunt Ida. In my generation we called Big Aunt Ida Old Aunt Ida, cause big just did not make sense. Floyd told me to stop that when I was in my 20_s, so I now call her Big Aunt Ida.

Lewis Parson (1893-1980) married Ida Elizabeth Pansy Walker (1892-1985) in 1923. It was the second marriage for both of them. Ida was the younger sister of Bertha Toomer. This is one of my favorite photographs in the Toomer Family collection

There are many stories about Big Aunt Ida Parsons and her husband Uncle Lewis. One I hear often is her yelling at the children to get away from her grape vines. Please leave a comment with a story about the Parsons. We would like to add more content to their page on Currently their page is kind of empty. This is, in no way representative of the fond memories that we have of them. If you have a relative that does not use the internet, ask them about Big Aunt Ida and Uncle Lewis. Then you can post a comment for them. Make sure to include their name in the comment.


  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Aunt Ida make the best fried chicken I have ever tasted! I have not tasted chicken that good since. Some said she was mean but that was a side of her I did not see. I use to like going to Aunt Ida's house to play with the dolls she kept in the upstairs bedroom. She had a spare room full of dolls, all sizes and all kinds. I wonder what ever happened to all of those dolls?

    Uncle Lewis was my Sunday School teacher. I can still see him with his head leaning to one side like he always had a stiff neck. I also remember riding in the car with Uncle Lewis and Aunt Ida going to Camden or Philadelphia to Church. That was not always a pleasant ride. Aunt Ida Would belch and I felt like I was going to pass out from the smell. She surely had a digestive issue (smile).

    I also remember when She first got her drivers license; she had to be over 60 years old. She would fly up the street and all you saw was dust. She drove like a race car driver. "Old" Aunt Ida was a high energy woman. She always moved fast, even on foot.



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