1922 - 2011
Ida Bartee, 89, died May 16, 2011 in Payson. A Valentine’s baby, she was born Feb. 14, 1922 in Morenci, Ariz. to Joseph and Nina Vallero. At the age of 4, she and her parents moved to San Bernardino, Calif., where she attended school and later graduated from high school and business college.
At the outbreak of World War II, Mrs. Bartee went to work in the clerical pool at the Norton Army Air Base in San Bernardino, Calif. During her time there, she participated in many activities and was voted “Miss Norton Air Base” in the base’s 1943 beauty pageant. She remained at Norton until 1948, when she returned to Morenci to work for Phelps Dodge Corporation.
While working as a secretary to the Phelps Dodge management, she met Robert Bartee, whom she married on June 19, 1952.
Over the next two decades, she was a dedicated stay-at-home mom, Brownie and Cub Scout volunteer leader and chauffeur for her children.
Mrs. Bartee enjoyed sewing for herself and her daughter and was an accomplished artist, working in oils, watercolors and china painting.
She loved animals, especially the “strays” that her son brought home and enjoyed watching the wildlife when on outdoor excursions with her family.
In later years, Ida and Bob enjoyed browsing various antique shops and local art fairs looking for the next “unclaimed treasure” to add to their collection of knickknacks.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 59 years, Robert; daughter, Denise (Dale) of Tucson; son, Rob (Laurie) of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren, Shawn, Kyle (Marie), Erin and Alan of Tucson; and five great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.