LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. – Helen Joy (Underwood) Ingram, of Lee's Summit, formerly of Crystal Lake and Hot Springs Village, Ark., died peacefully in her sleep early Sept. 29, 2012, at Village House in Lee's Summit. She was 79. Her husband was at her side.
She was born July 29, 1933, in Paducah, Texas.
On her birthday, July 29, 1955, Helen was married to Merriwell "Mel" Ingram in Amarillo, Texas. She and her husband were graduates of Amarillo High School. Helen was a homemaker who moved with her family seven times, crossing 11 states for Mel's transfers with Ford Motor Co., for their retirement and to be near 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.
Survivors include her husband, Merriwell "Mel" T. Ingram of Lee's Summit; daughter, Brenda Kay Klockenga, and son-in-law, R. Kim Klockenga, of Lee's Summit; brother, E. Leroy Bolt of Abilene, Texas; grandsons, Christopher Stephen Klockenga and Daniel Scott Klockenga of Lee's Summit; grandsons of the heart, Nicholas "Nick" George Klockenga of Chicago and Matthew "Matt" Brandon Klockenga and wife, Ashley Klockenga, of Los Fresnos, Texas; and five nieces and eight nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Vivian (White) Underwood Bolt; stepfather, Charles "Ruby" Bolt; father, Claude Calvin Underwood; brother, Charles Underwood; sister, Phyllis (Underwood) Geders; niece, Cindy Geders; and son, Gary Garth Ingram.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the funeral home, with Pastor Paul Carlson officiating. Interment will be next to her son, Gary Garth Ingram, in McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock.
Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to Village House Hospice, 600 NW Pryor Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081; or to the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188.
Friends and relatives may visit the online memorial website at www.querhammerandflagg.com
to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-1760.