Dawn P. Ingram
March 20, 1949 – February 1, 2019
Dawn P. Ingram was born on March 20, 1949 and passed away on February 1, 2019.
- Margaret Diane Hickman, Sister
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 16, 2019
Dawn P. Ingram
February 14, 2019
I was a student of Ms. Ingram during the 91-92 school year for Anatomy, from there we just got along. She was a tough teacher and never ever were you to chew gum in class, as it annoyed her. Lucky for me I did it once and learned my lesson. She says to me, “ Spit it out, Charles!” She got that piece of gum and put in on my forehead, and said “No mas!” The summer of 1992, she became our Senior Class Sponsor for Class of ‘93. She didn’t want to do it after her brief time being the cheerleader sponsor the decade before, she said she wouldn’t sponsor again, but she did it anyway, she knew we needed help. I thank her & Mrs Walker (English teacher, who is also in Heaven ) for the nice letters of recommendation they gave me for college. I take off to college in Minnesota and we kept in touch. She was like another parent, we had the big discussion in the Fall of 1994 as gossip spread from Minnesota to El Paso that I was gay. She told me she already knew, since according to her I had the tendencies in high school. She was concerned and worried for me being so far away. But, I survived!
I thank her for my 1st job at Ysleta the summer of 1993 and later on in 1997. Because of her I wanted to go into the field of Education, so now I am a college professor. I don’t think she knew, as we hadn’t talked in years. Well Darnell, I owe a lot to you! She hated being called Darnell! I told her I didn’t feel comfortable calling her, Dawn, and she didn’t want me to address her as, Ms. Ingram, since I was already an adult. I came up with Darnell, and stuck to it! There are so many memories, I just can’t put them all in here!
Darnell, while in Heaven, send my regards to Mrs. Walker & Mr. Cain, to your parents, they were such nice people, and to Grandma Leena Ingram, as well.
Photo attached was from Project Graduation at Western Playland, June 3, 1993. We had to be there all night, the picture must have been taken at 3 in the morning !
February 12, 2019
Mrs. Dawn Ingram, I will miss you dearly. I met Mrs. Ingram back in the 1980's as she was my anatomy and physiology teacher, and I was fortunate also to meet her husband, Mr. Tom Ingram before he passed away. She was a strict teacher, but one that pushed you to excel, to test your limits and to push through artificial boundaries. She was very influential in helping me become who I am today, and I only wish I could have had the chance to tell her how much she meant to me. I still remember our dissection lab, and all she taught me. With her help and encouragement I went from being a shy teenager with big dreams, to a successful cardiologist with degrees from both Harvard University and Yale University. Being a first generation Mexican American who grew up in El Paso, surviving that first year of college away from home was difficult to say the least, but she would call me with words of encouragement and make me laugh during some of the most difficult times. Many times I just wanted to come home, but she encouraged me to tough it out. During those years she also visited my mother, who had been very ill after I went away for college, and that certainly helped to ease my mind. Mrs. Ingram became part of our family. She went with my mother to my Harvard graduation as she knew we could not afford a hotel in Boston, but her parent's lived nearby, and my family got to stay with hers. She even took my mom to see the Boston Pops whom my mother loved and had seen only on television prior to that.
Mrs. Ingram, I will truly miss you, and I wish you peace.
February 12, 2019
I meet Dawn Ingram in August 1988 she was my bilogy teacher. she was a great teacher and funny I than later became a tutor Ysleta High School I work with Mrs. Ingram for a long time. I can write books about her but one thing that I will never forget is that she used to tell that she lived my ‘Death Valley High School or Del Valley High School. One important factor about Dawn is that she owed Kawliga yearbook from. Each year she worked there her collection was impressive. Mrs. Ingram, always cared for all her students we would go her curb for smoking or what she used to tell let’s go under the arbola. In September 1998,I left Ysleta to move Dallas Texas I will still talk to her and would tell me Frankie u getting old and I would reply really Dawn and would tell me I’m only 29 and holding. After a while she told me that was not working she had to moved 40 years old or something like that. I will shared another story of one her students his name was Billy Puentes or Billy Boy as she used to called him. Billy was a freshmen and ther were doing introducing themselves and Billy asked Dawn if she had some dogs named after alcoholic names? dawn reply yes Tecate, Daiquiri and Seagrams or something like ? Billy then asked if she used lived my Death Valley she reply yes! Dawn reply who the hell are u kid? when Dawn used to live that area Billy parents Mrs and Mr Puentes to see Lena or something like. Billy remembered the dogs and she remember Dawn she used to changed his diapers when he was little . I also go a change to meet Dawn Parents they were cool and enjoy ther company. Dawn where ever you are thank you for actually caring and being there . I miss u already . Rest In Peace.
February 9, 2019
Ms. Ingram “La Guerra”
She was my teacher all throughout high school and a friend after high school. She was strict but only because she wanted the best for you throughout life. She had a heart of gold always offering lessons and never stopped teaching. Every year she was different but eased up every year we’ll sorta but never stopped caring. She was a very good friend as well always offered that ear when you needed someone to hear you out never turning you down. Every day different week an old student would come to her class and catch up no matter if she was teaching a class she always managed to hear you out. When I graduated I kept up with her and we would talk about everything and she would laugh and still teach me. A couple years after high school I needed a place to stay and she asked me to move in and I said sure let’s try it out. I’d pay rent and bills to help her out cuz she would always say her teaching job didn’t pay for her lifestyle always a good laugh with her. We would have cookouts and hang out always a good time. She was always there for everyone and she cared and helped a lot of students. We love you Ms. Ingram and thank you for all the great times. We’ll miss you “La Guerra” thank you for your lessons and teachings and above all love for each and one of us here. “Once an Indian, Always an Indian.” After hearing of her passing I stopped by her house and so many memories came back and chatting with her sister which made me feel she was still there. I’ll miss you Ms. Ingram. Rest Easy La Guerra
February 8, 2019
I would chat with Dawn At YHS where we both taught. She was a warm and wonderful person. Her students loved her.