Funeral services for Erma Colleen Ingram, 88, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, KS. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. She passed away May 21, 2016 at her home.
Colleen was born July 5, 1927 in Richmond, MO the daughter of Wilbur Wesley and Nellie Pearl (Tracy) Stratton.
She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Lawrence, a member and president of Ladies COPE (Committee of Political Education) and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in introducing the Bradford Pear trees to the Lawrence area. She was also known for the beautification of Downtown Lawrence including the parking lots in the late 60’s.
She was a homemaker and owner of Westside Greenhouse.
She married Jarl Dean Ingram on March 3, 1943 in Nowata, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on November 19, 1984.
Survivors include one daughter, Virginia “Ginger” (Steve) Wingert of Lecompton, KS; one son, Steve (Teri) Ingram of Bradenton, FL; three grandchildren, Dennis (Alyson) Wingert, Chad (Kelly) Ingram, Kent (Pam) Wingert; eight great-grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Wingert, Candace Wingert, Blake Wingert, Colton Wingert, Trinity Ingram, Collin Ingram, Abby Ingram and Sean Ingram.
She was preceded in death by her father, her mother and stepfather, whom were killed in a car accident in 1953. She was also preceded in death by her four siblings, Searle Stratton, Buford Stratton, Doris Nadine Kramer, Marjorie Adamoli and her best and closet friend, John W. Paschall, Jr.
The family will greet friends from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Memorials may be made in her name to First Southern Baptist Church, Visiting Nurses, or Community Village Lawrence and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.