Idalja Alberta Levy

Name: Idalia Levy (1/17/1881-2/04/1888)

Family: Parents, Jacob and Carrie / 3 siblings, Dave, Claire and Roy

Seven-year-old Ida Levy was the first person buried in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery her father helped create four years earlier. No information exists on the reason for her premature death.

Ida's parents, Jacob and Carrie, owned a dry goods store at the corner of Main and Mangum Streets. They lived at 2 Dillard Street. They were described as aristocratic, using a team of horses for transportation. Ida's mother attracted attention as a business woman. According to Leonard Rogoff, several women, predominantly from the German Jewish community, had their own business enterprises. Carrie Levy traveled on buying trips to Northern markets and was praised by the local newspaper as a woman of "fine taste and an expert buyer." Her store was called "Enterprise Millinery" and was one of a row of Jewish dry goods stores along East Main. At her store, they introduced a good 5 cent cigar.

Her parents, German Reform Jews, later moved to Virginia. Ida's father, Jacob, died in 1906 and is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Petersburg, Va. cemetery. Her mother, Carrie, is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Richmond.