Helen Joy Underwood Ingram

July 29, 1933September 29, 2012
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Helen Joy (Underwood) Ingram, of Lee’s Summit, MO, formerly of Crystal Lake, IL, and Hot Springs Village, AR, died at the age of 79 peacefully in her sleep with her husband at her side early on September 29, 2012, at Village House in Lee’s Summit. Born July 29, 1933, in Paducah, TZ, she is predeceased by her mother, Marie Vivian (White) Underwood Bolt and step-father, Charles “Ruby” Bolt; her father, Claude Calvin Underwood; her brother, Charles Underwood; her sister, Phyllis (Underwood) Geders and niece, Cindy Geders; and her son, Gary Garth Ingram. On her birthday, July 29, 1955, Helen was married to Merriwell “Mel” Ingram in Amarillo, TX, where both were graduates of Amarillo High School. Helen was a homemaker who moved with her family seven times, crossing eleven states for Mel’s transfers with Ford, for their retirement, and to be near her grandchildren. She is remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and as a great cook and seamstress. Her kindness and gentle spirit touched her many friends and family, and she always remembered special days with a phone call or a greeting card. Survivors include her husband, Merriwell “Mel” T. Ingram of Lee’s Summit, MO; daughter, Brenda Kay Klockenga, and son-in-law, R. Kim Klockenga, of Lee’s Summit, MO; brother, E. Leroy Bolt of Abilene, TX; grandsons, Christopher Stephen Klockenga and Daniel Scott Klockenga of Lee’s Summit, MO; grandsons of the heart, Nicholas “Nick” George Klockenga of Chicago, IL and Matthew “Matt” Brandon Klockenga and his wife, Ashley Klockenga of Los Fresnos, TX; and five nieces and eight nephews. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, October 5 at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. The service will be held at 10am on Saturday, October 6, at the funeral home and will be officiated by Pastor Paul Carlson. Interment will be next to her son, Gary Garth Ingram, at McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock, IL. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to Village House Hospice, 600 NW Pryor Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO, 64081, or to the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO, 64188.


  • Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • Burial Saturday, October 6, 2012

Helen Joy Underwood Ingram

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Chris Geders

November 1, 2012

The angels are always near to those who are grieving to wisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. Dear Mel, Brenda, and family Aunt Helen kept in touch often, by phone or a card always thinking of 0thers, I was deeply saddened, know that my thoughts are with you.

October 31, 2012

Dear Mel and family, We were saddened to learn of Helen's passing but rejoice with you that she is in the presence of her Lord and Saviour. May He be your source of comfort and peace until you meet again. In His love, Chuck and Darlyce Pope

Cleta Eldridge

October 27, 2012

May God embrace you with His love. May the Holy Spirit comfort your hearts.

Ken and Karolyn Summers

October 11, 2012

Dear Brenda,Kim, and family; We are praying for you and asking God to wrap His arms of love and comfort around you. I cannot imagine your grief but I do know our Saviour understands. Run to Him when you feel the pain is more than you can bear.We wish we could have been there but know that we will continue to uphold you in prayer.

Judy Howell

October 7, 2012

Dear Uncle Mel, Brenda, & Family:
There are no words that can adequatey express our sorrow over the loss of Aunt Helen...our family grows smaller each year. I pray for all of you and I rejoice that Aunt Helen is in heaven with all our love ones that have already enter His Kingdom. May God wrap you in His merciful arms and give you comfort and peace. You remain in my heart always. With much love---Judy Carpenter Howell and Family

October 7, 2012

I remember Helen and Mel from when I was pretty young. But I will never forget that my dad bought a "Tempest" from Mel. I ended up driving that for a long time. I am sorry for your loss, but as a Christian, I know she is rejoicing with the angels and family who have gone on before. Bless you all. Ronda Cox Morris (Mel's cousin)

Kathy Petrovich

October 6, 2012

Brenda , I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will always remember her kindness when I taught Christopher during Shea's maternity leave. I am praying that you feel love and comfort from all of us who are blessed to know you.

The Wisler family

October 5, 2012

Helen was such a loving & devoted grandmother, daughter, and wife. Her love for the Lord was always visible and felt as I talked with her. May God's comfort embrace you this weekend and in the days that follow.

October 5, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry I couldn't be there. Aunt Helen was such a kind, loving aunt. Will miss her deeply.
Much love to all of you.

Linda & Dan Ballew

Karen Donoho

October 4, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you - Mel, Brenda, Leroy and family. Much love to all, Karen (White) Donoho