Life Story / Obituary
Quida Mae Ross Aikens was born Born Aug 7, 1931 in Richmond, Indiana to Jesse Frank Ross and Jennie Milton Ross. As a young child, she moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she spent most of her life. However, she was blessed enough to have traveled the world, living in and seeing many other places.
She married John Aikens of Minot, North Dakota, where they settled and lived for several years. She enjoyed her final years living back in Grand Rapids.
She is Preceded in death by both parents, her sisters, Jean Haines and Donna Wilson, and her beloved brother, Jesse Frank Jr ( Sonny).
Quida is survived by her cousin / sister - Barbara Pratt, who grew up living with and sharing their childhood, and her special nephew Wilbur ( Billy) Haines, as well as 2 additional nieces ( Linda and Yvonne ), several close cousins / nieces (Satin, Cheri, Marvel, Najiyyah, Dorcell) and a host of other cousins, friends, and family.
Quida spent many of her career years as a lead cook and dietician for the military, where she was regarded in high esteem for the type and quality of the meals she prepared. She also in her early years won the crown and held the title of " Miss Michigan" a (1949) Beauty Queen for the State of Michigan. Quida was baptized and actively attended St Phillips Episcopal Church of Grand Rapids for most of her life.
Quida will be forever loved and remembered for her beauty, wit, and finesse which allowed her to interact with many people and to go to many places. She went home to be with the Lord on February 23, 2021.
Forever in our Hearts.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held in the spring. Quida's family would truly like to thank all those who gave their time for her care and support. God Bless you!.