Shirley Jean Heggs Ingram, daughter of Ernest and Irene Wimer Heggs Crigler, was born on December 24, 1935, in Ringgold County, near Kellerton, IA.
She departed from this life at Ramsey Village Continuing Care Retirement Community on Saturday August 26, 2023, at age 87.
Shirley lived in Ringgold County until after high school graduation in 1954. She then moved to Des Moines, where she worked at N.W. Bell Telephone for three years.
On June 30, 1957, she married Myron Ingram. They lived in Des Moines, and then moved into a house in Altoona that Myron built. They lived there until 1968.
To this union three children completed their family, Teresa, Tamera and Michael.
In March of 1968, Myron, Shirley and family moved to the Heggs family farm two miles west of Kellerton, IA. During this time, Shirley helped Myron farm and with the livestock. Shirley was active with their church, Kellerton Christian Church. Additionally, she worked in Public Health and at the Ringgold County Hospital.
They retired from farming in 1991 and moved to a house in Kellerton.
Shirley became a member of the Family of God at the age of 12. She shared her faith, trying to use every opportunity to witness.
She served God and Mankind. Shirley and Myron were faithful and devoted members of the Trinity Christian Church.
Shirley and Myron loved listening to music as well as singing and dancing. Shirley also enjoyed playing Bingo, Spider Solitaire and exchanging greeting cards and phone calls with others for all birthdays, holidays and any fitting occasion.
Shirley also enjoyed sharing laughs, jokes and stories with others. Even most recently, she would share short jokes with her children when they called.
She was a blessing to, and blessed by, the staff from Hospice of the Midwest these last few months of her life.
Preceding her in death were her parents; stepfather, Ray Crigler; sister, Janice Heggs Duffield; brother, Allan Heggs; and her much beloved husband, Myron.
Left to celebrate her life, and not sadness, are Teresa (John Saulnier), Tamera (Cyrus Rustin), and Michael; eight grandsons, Adam Sickels and wife, Bridget, Alex Sickels, Mark, Nick, Brock and Luke Rustin, Chris Ingram, Matt Ingram and wife, Ashlee; three great granddaughters, Lily Sickels, Leraine Sickels and Eloise Ingram.
A visitation will be held at the Trinity Christian Church on Sunday, September 3 from 1:00 p.m, to 2:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service beginning at 2:00 p,m. Burial will follow in the Trinity Hills Cemetery. Everyone is invited to stay after the services for a time of light snacks and fellowship at the church.
A memorial fund has been established for Hospice of the Midwest, Johnston, IA.
Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.