January 14, 1954 – March 8, 2019
Mrs. Pettypool went home to be with the Lord on March 8th, 2019 following a brief but courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends.
Ingrid was born on January 14th, 1954 on Fort Monmouth Army Base in New Jersey. During her childhood, her family was stationed in Berlin, Germany and Izmir, Turkey. She fondly remembered traveling by carriage and going to the Turkish markets. Her mother’s family was from Berlin, and Ingrid loved and cherished her German heritage, often returning to Germany for visits throughout her life. Her childhood time abroad nurtured her love of world music and travel.
Her family returned to New Jersey and she attended Wolf Hill Grammar School, Maple Place middle School and Shore Regional High School. She was an excellent student and was voted most likely to succeed. She enjoyed spending time on the base, going to the movie theatre and bowling alley there, and taking the bus to the beach with her family and friends. She was an avid swimmer and loved the ocean.
She was married to Ray Pettypool for sixteen years, during which time they moved to Charlotte, NC for his job. Here she attended Central Piedmont Community College, where she studied botany.
She was an avid gardener and could tell you just about anything about any plant or flower. She had a green thumb and loved spending time in her beautiful garden. She was a member of the African Violet Club, where she entered her plants in shows, won ribbons, and eventually served as a judge.
Ingrid was the very definition of an excellent mother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She dedicated her life to her daughter, Anna, and the rest of her family, always putting her family before herself. She was very involved in all of Anna’s activities, always cheering her on at every soccer game, theatre class and Irish dance competition. She never missed anything. She homeschooled Anna and was an active member of the Charlotte homeschooling community, helping to teach at the Teen Learning Center.
She was a constant, dependable presence in the lives of Anna and her friends. You could always count on Ingrid to help you with something, take you somewhere, and do exactly what she said she was going to do. She dutifully cared for her elderly mother and always put her family first and before herself. She prioritized people and making time for them, noting that life was too short to wait, that you need to make time to go visit family and friends. She and Anna were best friends.
Ingrid worked in childcare for over fifteen years, and was loved by all of her students and their parents. “Miss Ingrid” was firm but fair, fun and nurturing. She enjoyed drawing and making up games with her students. She touched the lives of countless children.
Ingrid loved to travel. In addition to her time living in Turkey and Germany, some favorite trips include London, taking a cruise to the Bahamas, seeing the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, seeing the tulips in Holland and countless beach trips, mountain days and Florida adventures.
Ingrid was a huge animal lover. She rescued and adopted countless cats, hamsters, bunnies, turtles, birds and fish over the years. She volunteered to walk dogs at the animal shelter and even had her own pet sitting business for many years. She was a member of the Humane Society and supported as many animal charities as she could. She passed this love of animals on to her daughter, who now cares for the animals at SeaWorld.
Ingrid loved music of all kinds. She had a beautiful singing voice and would happily sing around the house and in the car. She liked to collect CDs and would get music from each place she travelled as a souvenir. She enjoyed world music, blue grass, classic rock and much more.
Ingrid was an avid reader, especially murder mystery books and science fiction. She loved nature, being outside and going out on the boat. She loved Star Trek and all things Disney. She enjoyed going to Florida to visit Anna several times a year, and many happy times were had at the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, riding the monorail to various resorts and enjoying Disney dining.
She was beautiful, intelligent, and strong. She was witty, sarcastic and absolutely hilarious in a casual way, without even having to try. She was fun, genuine, and the most selfless person.
Ingrid is survived by her daughter, Anna; her mother, Margit Casey; nieces, Isabel and Olivia Gonzalez; two beloved cats and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Vera Gonzalez.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Road in Charlotte. A reception will follow at Workman’s Friend pub. Please contact St. John’s Episcopal Church at (704) 366-3034 if you would like to send flowers in honor of Ingrid.
St. Johns Episcopal Church
1623 Carmel Rd
Workman's Friend Pub
1531 Central Ave
March 18, 2019
I'm so sorry to read of your mom's death. I haven't seen her since you and Josh were at Reid Park but I have thought of you two often. She was such a sweet friend and we had lots of fun working together at the school. I remember she loved you so very much. I will keep you in my prayers.
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