Ida Emma (Wolff) Baedke was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Avery, Oklahoma to Julius and Martha Wolff. Ida grew up in Oklahoma with five brothers and ten sisters. She was introduced to Paul Baedke by her sister who married Paul's uncle from the Ruthven area. Paul and Ida were married in Terril, Iowa on Jan. 14, 1941.
Paul farmed in the Ruthven/Terril area while Ida worked for Glen and Grace Forney in their café from 1955 --1960. In 1961 Ida purchased the café from the Forney's and operated it under the name Hi-Way Café from 1961 until 1978. Becoming a family venture, many hours were spent by Ida, Paul, Nancy, Barb and Jerry making this a very successful business. After selling the café in 1978, Ida worked for Marv Wigdahl at Wigdahl Hardware and part time at the Thunderbird Restaurant, and also made salads for Sanculli's grocery store.
In 1992 Ida and Nancy moved to Texas to be closer to Jerry, Jane, and Julie. Ida moved into Life Care of Plano in 2004 after breaking a hip from a fall.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul; a daughter, Barbara in 1967; seven sisters; and five brothers.
Ida is survived by a daughter, Nancy Baedke of Plano, Texas, a son, Jerry and his wife, Jane (Anderson) Baedke of Plano; one granddaughter; one great grandson; and three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Darlene and Harold Baedke of Council Bluffs, Norma Jacobs of Kansas City, Kansas, and Velma and Don Brown of Cushing, Okla.