INA LEE CHAPIN

Ina Lee Chapin, daughter of James Eldon and Oleeta Mae (Weese) Scott, was born April 11, 1939 at Gentryville, MO. Ina grew up between Gentryville and Albany. She attended Albany High School and graduated with the class of 1957.
Ina was united in marriage to Neil Fletchall in 1957. To this marriage two daughters were born: Della Mae and Elizabeth Marie. Ina was a gifted musician who played the guitar in younger years and the piano throughout her life. She played at venues in St Joseph, MO and played with the Everly Brothers in their early years. Ina worked at the Cap Factory in Stanberry, MO, and Places Store in Albany. She later worked at the Clinton Motel, the Mount Ayr Community School before a 23-year career at the Ringgold County Hospital. She retired as the Purchasing Director. In 1989, Ina married Glen Swank. They resided in Tingley, IA. They enjoyed their time together attending model airplane shows. In 1998, Ina married Butch Chapin. They played music together and beginning in March 2001, they operated the Midwest Country Music Theater in Redding, Iowa for nine years. Ina and Butch enjoyed sharing their music with people over the years.
Ina was a loving wife and mother who was able to be at home as her girls grew up. She filled the home with love. Ina was an excellent cook and her homemade egg noodles, rolls and apple pie will be forever remembered. Ina was an excellent seamstress who could make everything from Easter dresses for her daughters to Barbie doll outfits for their Christmas presents. She always maintained a large garden and canned many quarts of strawberries. She set a great example of being a mother. She had a heart of gold and was universally loved. Her gentle spirit and soft touch will remain with all who knew and loved her.
Ina passed away February 21, 2021, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Richard Scott; and husbands, Neil and Glen.
Those left to cherish and share her memory include her husband, Butch Chapin of Redding, IA; daughters, Della (Bryan) Pendegraft of Fulton, MO and Beth (Gary) Roder of Blooming Prairie, MN; two grandsons, Billy (Carrie) Egly of Auxvasse, MO and Drew (Chalsea) Roder of Lake Mills, IA; seven great grandchildren, Desirea (Ryan) Brewer, Amber Egly, Gavin Egly, Adrienne Egly, Gracie Roder, Jeneva Roder and Peyton Roder; one great great granddaughter, Addilynn Brewer; step-son, Beau Connely and step-granddaughter, Lillie; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Monroe) Sawatzy; cousins, other relatives and friends.
Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating will be Pastor Sherry Wiley.
Songs will be “Mama Was a Lot Like Jesus” and “Mansion Over the Hilltop”.
Casketbearers will be Della Pendegraft, Beth Roder, Bryan Pendegraft, Gary Roder, Billy Egly ane Drew Roder.
Burial will be at the Allendale Cemetery in Allendale, MO.
Memorial fund will be established in her name to be decided.

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