Ida R. Levin, 102, store sales associate

November 18, 2003

Ida R. Levin, a retired clothing store sales associate and avid Orioles fan, died of respiratory failure Saturday at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital, where she was believed to be the oldest resident. She was 102 and had lived in Northwest Baltimore for most of her life.

Born Ida Reuben in East Baltimore, she attended city public schools.

In 1922, she married Benjamin H. Levin, manager of the old Wear-Well clothing factory on Hopkins Place. He died in 1953.

She then became a sales associate for the Sa Lee Dress Shop and participated in the 1955 opening of Mondawmin Mall. She later worked for a Princess Shops branch in Pimlico until retiring at age 83.

An avid Orioles fan, who traveled to Florida for spring training. Family members said she posed for photos with Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson.

She was a charter member of the Morris Rombro Free Loan Association, a charity, and the Sarah Ribakow Chapter of Mizrachi Women, a religious philanthropic organization that raises funds for Israel. She was also active in the Beacon Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star and was a member of Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation.

Services will be held at noon today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Levin of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter, Marcia L. Hecht of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

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