Elizabeth Ingram

Obituary of Elizabeth M. Ingram

Elizabeth McNeill Ingram, 89, of Ventnor City, New Jersey, went gracefully home to be with the Lord on October 19, 2021, at the United Methodist Communities in Ocean City, New Jersey. Born on September 18, 1932, in Abington, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth was the daughter of the late Matthew McNeill and Sally Morrison McNeill. She graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1950, received a B.A. Degree in Education from Glassboro State College in 1976, and an M.A. Degree in Human Growth and Development from Glassboro State College in 1978. Elizabeth was predeceased by her loving husband, George Richard Ingram, in 2020 and is survived by one daughter, Karen Eileen Simmons (Thomas). Three grandchildren also survive her; Megan Nicole Yates (Matthew), Scott Matthew Simmons, and Brian George Simmons; and two great-grandchildren, Colette Elizabeth Yates and Finn Alexander Yates. Elizabeth, or Betty Ann as she was known to family and friends, had a vivacious spirit and a love for life and God. Growing up in the seashore town of Ventnor, New Jersey, Elizabeth spent much of her time with family and friends. She cherished close friendships through the years and had a love for the boardwalk, the beach, and the ocean. After marrying George Richard in 1956, Elizabeth and George moved to Millville, New Jersey, where they resided for thirty-five years. Elizabeth began work as a paralegal until she discovered her passion for teaching. After graduating college, Elizabeth started working at R.D Wood School. She taught 4th grade for twenty years, as she gracefully touched the lives of many children, parents, and colleagues. In addition to her work life, Elizabeth and her husband were active members of The First United Methodist Church in Millville throughout the school year and The Margate Community Church during the summer months. It was within her church communities that she connected with many wonderful people and formed lifelong friendships. She and George never missed a Sunday and proudly raised their daughter in a Christian home. Elizabeth's life centered around her family. She was a proud and devoted wife, daughter, parent, grandparent, and animal lover. She enjoyed gardening with her father, playing the piano with her mother, reading with her grandchildren, cuddling with her dogs, sitting outside in the sunshine with her cats, and spending summer days on the beaches in Ventnor with her friends. She prided herself on giving great advice to her daughter and rarely missed an opportunity to behave comically with her son-in-law and grandchildren. There wasn't an event, from school plays to concerts, tennis matches, baseball games, and graduations, that she and her husband missed. Best of all, Elizabeth loved her husband dearly and was happy to be his wife of sixty-four years. Travel was an integral part of Elizabeth's life. She enjoyed camping with her husband and friends, exploring the United States, and visiting family in Northern Ireland, Upstate New York, Michigan, Florida, and Nova Scotia. Elizabeth also loved to travel with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren and often planned fun-seeking getaways to Williamsburg, Florida, South Carolina, Colorado, and Wyoming. Walt Disney World was a popular destination. They often stayed at the Wilderness Campground or their timeshare, all the while watching their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren soak up the beautiful experiences. Food was a source of comfort for Elizabeth because it represented traditions and was associated with family time. For example, her ham, egg, and cheese casserole, became a staple every Christmas morning. Everyone looked forward to her famous chicken salad sandwiches with grapes, which she loved to serve after church on Sundays. The family's annual Palm Sunday dinner with our cousins always included a beautifully cooked ham or lamb served with mint jelly. Her Irish soda bread, orange jello, and shortbread cookies were favorites among many. Later in life, her husband's cooking also brought her so much joy as family and friends would gather to indulge in homemade bread, delicious Hors D'oeuvres, creative barbequed meals, and homemade ice cream. The memories are abundant and joyful. In her twilight years, Elizabeth enjoyed spending quiet time with her husband in her childhood home. Walks on the boardwalk kept her happy and content. Thankfully, her sense of humor always remained intact. A memorial service will be held at a later date, with a celebration of life to follow. Instead of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, United Methodist Communities Tapestries Memory Care Fund, or Margate Community Church. "In life, we loved you dearly; in death, we love you still. In our hearts, you hold a place no one else will ever fill." Unknown
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