Diana M. Sick Ingman|
Diana "Dinny" Margaret Louise Sick Ingman (1923-2014) died March 31st, after a brief illness. She was born in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) the third of five children, to Kathleen "Kit" McPhee (a former schoolteacher and provincial debate champion) and Emil Sick (a hardworking, ambitious brewer and businessman). In 1934, Dinny's father moved the family to Seattle, WA to pursue business opportunities. Emil quickly rose to become a prominent Seattle citizen who contributed to shaping the face of Seattle. Emil's legacy included building Sick's Seattle Stadium, home to the Seattle Rainiers of the PCL. Dinny took great pride in the many contributions her family made to the city she so loved.
Dinny held education in high esteem all of her life. She cherished her time under Helen Bush's tutelage, embracing it as "progressive education". She was a student in one of Mrs. Bush's first classes, conducted in Mrs. Bush's basement. Dinny went on to Stanford University and then graduated with a B.A. in journalism from the U of W. There she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a life-long, voracious reader and a talented writer. She worked as a journalist for the Seattle Times, beginning her career with front page stories from France at the outbreak of WWII. Many of her stories and articles were published in various magazines over the years. She also wrote stories and plays for her family's amusement.
After college, Dinny married Tom Sheehan. There were two children from this union: Kathleen "Kitty" (deceased) and Sean. In 1955, Dinny married Winston Ingman (deceased), a practicing attorney and former FBI agent. They made their home of almost 60 years on Mercer Island. "Win" had three children by his first marriage: Jeff, Karen, and Winston, Jr.. Win and Dinny had a daughter, Jane Austen, in 1960. Making a loving home for Win and the six children was the greatest pleasure of Dinny's life.
Dinny was fiercely intelligent and well-read. She was a life-long, staunch Roosevelt Democrat. She loved and understood children and was an early proponent of Dr. Spock's enlightened approach to child rearing. She was also an early follower and advocate of Freud and psychoanalysis. Dinny had an extraordinary flair for friendship and became known for her wonderful parties. She placed great value on her circle of friends, which included intellectuals, writers, artists, civic leaders, etc.
Dinny was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club and for many years, the Junior League, the Seattle Golf Club and the Rainier Club. She was also a member of the Robert Browning Society and the Jane Austen Society.
Dinny was preceded in death by her husband, Win, her sister, Pat, her brothers, Tim and Alan Ferguson, her children, Kitty and Winston, Jr., and her grandson, Tim Boyce-Smith. She is survived by her sister, Lal, of Concord, MA, her children, Jeff Ingman (Sharon) of Tenino, Karen Kirsch (Larry) of Portland, OR, Sean Sheehan (Linda) of Seattle, and Jane Austen Ingman of Mill Creek. She is also survived by grandchildren, Kristen (Craig) and Peter of Bellingham, Tracy (Todd) Welch, (Zachary and Gabriel, Ariel of San Francisco, Colin, of Seattle, Perry, of Mill Creek - as well as numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and their children.
By her death, Dinny had seen much, lost much and given much. Her vivid personality left its mark on all who met her and endeared her to those who came to know and love her. Her wise counsel will be missed by many.
A Memorial is planned for May 10th on Mercer Island.
Remembrances in lieu of flowers,
can be made to Planned Parenthood.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 13, 2014