Helen Joy (Underwood) Ingram, 79, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., formerly of Crystal Lake, Ill, and Hot Springs Village, died peacefully in her sleep with her husband at her side early on Sept. 29 at Village House in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Born July 29,1933, in Paducah, Texas. On her birthday, July 29, 1955, Helen was married to Merriwell “Mel” Ingram in Amarillo, Texas, where both had graduated from Amarillo High School.
Helen was a homemaker who moved with her family seven times, crossing 11 states for Mel’s job transfers with Ford, for their retirement and to be near to her grandchildren. She is remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and as a great cook and seamstress. Her kindness and gentle spirit touched her many friends and family, and she always remembered special days with a phone call or a greeting card.
She is predeceased by her mother, Marie Vivian (White) Underwood Bolt and step-father, Charles “Ruby” Bolt; her father, Claude Calvin Underwood; her brother, Charles Underwood; her sister, Phyllis (Underwood) Geders and niece, Cindy Geders; and her son, Gary Garth Ingram.
She is survived by her husband, Merriwell “Mel” Ingram of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; daughter, Brenda Kay Klockenga, and son-in-law, R. Kim Klockenga, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; brother, E. Leroy Bolt of Abilene, Texas; grandsons, Christopher Stephen Klockenga and Daniel Scott Klockenga of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; grandsons of the heart, Nicholas “Nick” George Klockenga of Chicago, Il. and Matthew “Matt” Brandon Klockenga and his wife, Ashley Klockenga of Los Fresnos, Texas; five nieces; and eight nephews.
The service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake, Ill. with Pastor Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be next to her son, Gary Garth Ingram, at McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock, Ill.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to Village House Hospice, 600 NW Pryor Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64081, or to the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188.
Online guestbook: www.querhammerandflagg.com