April 30, 2019
Born in Miami, FL
Resided in Hudson, NY
Ila was born in December of 1924 in Miami, Florida to Victor W. Mitchell and Marion (Hamblet) Mitchell. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, John B. Lane, her sister, Patricia Infantine, and an infant daughter.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses: Richard Lane (Mary) of Broomfield, CO, Mary Mentzer (Russell) of St. Simons Island, GA, Martha Lane (Bob Lucke) of Hudson, NY, and Anne Jones (Douglas) of San Diego, CA. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Growing up, Ila’s family divided their time between Coral Gables, FL, where her father managed the Miami Biltmore, and Loon Lake, NY, where he managed the Loon Lake Inn, a summer resort in the Adirondacks. She graduated from Miami Senior High School in 1942.
Following graduation, Ila made a bee line to Manhattan. She studied fashion design and illustration at The Traphagen School and then at the Art Students’ League. She worked as a fashion illustrator for Conde Nast Publications. Her years in NYC were among her most memorable, and she made many lifelong friends there, many of whom were fellow artists.
Ila married John Lane in 1951. They settled in Pleasantville, NY where they raised their four children. While pregnant with her youngest child, Ila took up bridge, which started a lifelong passion. Ila volunteered as a Brownie Leader and then a Girl Scout Leader, and later worked for the Girl Scouts of Westchester-Putnam until her retirement in 1992. Ila made many more lifelong friends there, many of whom were fellow bridge players.
In 1993, John and Ila retired to New Bern, NC where Ila took up golf. She and John were members of St. Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed many good years in beautiful New Bern. Ila made even more friends there, many of whom were fellow golfers.
In 2007, Ila and John moved to Hudson, NY to be near their daughter. Ila became a member of Hudson Fortnightly and the Adult Learning Institute, where she continued to make new friends. After her husband’s death, she found love again with John Beynart, whom she met playing bridge. The two of them traveled together and made a new life. At the age of 90, Ila and John held a commitment ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Hudson. John predeceased her by one month.
A Miami girl to the end, Ila disliked cold weather, gray weather, wind, rain and snow. She loved blue skies and sunshine, bridge, golf, and old films. She was brilliant at crossword puzzles, a fierce competitor at Scrabble, a talented artist, and an expert seamstress. She treasured her many friends and loved her children unconditionally.
Ila’s ability to make new friends into her nineties was an art and a blessing. She was a great beauty, a wonderful friend, and a lovely mother. Gracious to the end, she died painlessly and peacefully.
A celebration of Ila’s life will be held later this month in Denver, CO with her entire family in attendance. Interment will be in the family plot in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Adult Learning Institute (ALI) by making checks payable to Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, 4400 Route 23, Hudson, NY 12534 and putting ALI in the memo line.
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