Partner Orelia Key Bell, buried together

Queer Places:
2533 Greenbriar Ln, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, Stati Uniti
Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, Stati Uniti

Ida Jane Ash (April 9, 1874 - August 3, 1948) was the longtime friend of Orelia Key Bell.

In 1895 Bell published Poems of Orelia Key Bell, and the volume is dedicated, among others, to "Ida Ash, whose affection and encouragement have been among the chief sources of my inspiration".[8][1]

One poem, "Ida Ash", is under the section "The Heavenly Muse", and Ash is also named in the poem "At Mount Enota's Laurel'd Base" under the section "Melodies in Minor Key":[8]

Ida Ash

HOW did she come to me ? -or was it I
Who came to her? -or did we come together
Of one accord? I know nor whence nor whither
We twain were journeying was it yesterday,
Or some dim preexistence? -Destiny,
With iron tread -or Chance, blown like a feather-
Or clash of wandering stars or freak of weather,
That brought our hands to clasp in sympathy,
Our eyes to meet in music, and our souls
To leap en rapport? -Nay! as well divine
Which of two intermelting dewdrops rolls
First into the other. Whyfore seek a sign?
I only know, 'twas night: a voice: a flash
Of nereid eyes -then day- and Ida Ash.[8]

At Mount Enota's Laurel'd Base

AT Mount Enota's laurel'd base,
Where Hiawassee's waters flash,
'Twas there I met a mountain grace,
Beautiful Ida Ash.
As o'er the rocks, nereidianly,
She moved, with lissom step and proud,
Her eyes gleam'd like the Gemini
Beneath a shifting summer cloud.
The east-wind left its mourning cave
To nestle, dove-like, in her locks;
Tamed by her step, each madcap wave
Caress'd the conscious rocks.
The skylarks left their aery thrones
Amidst the serenading stars,
To catch her accent's Orphean tones
And beat its elegiac bars.
Ah, I have sigh'd to rest me, sang
She from II Trovatore; and thro'
A poet's heart the echo rang,
Ah, I have sigh'd to rest me, too.
Sweet Ida Ash! life's hills are steep,
And Art a glad toil at its best;
Then rest thou in my heart, and I
Sweetly in thine will rest.
Teach me to sing as thou dost live,
A simple life of love and duty;
Then I at least to Art may give
One song of everlasting beauty.[8]

On October 12, 1895, at the closing session of the Professional Work of Women National Council's Work, a selection of poems by Bell were recited by Ash and by her pupils, Lucille Atkinson and Mamie Tolbert. A newspaper noted that Bell's "popularity in the literary world was evident from the representative number of literary people present who heard with deep appreciation the delicate expressions of her poetic mind".[9]

Orelia Key Bell never married and she lived with Ida Jane Ash (April 9, 1874 – August 3, 1948). Orelia Key Bell and Ida Ash, by the newspapers tagged as lifelong friend and amanuensis, moved to Pasadena prior to World War I and later lived at 2533 Greenbriar Lane, Costa Mesa, California.[6][7][1]

Orelia Key Bell died on June 2, 1959, and is buried at Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta) in the Bell family plot alongside Ida Jane Ash.[6][7]

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orelia_Key_Bell#References