Jewell L. “Judy” Ingram, 74, a former Baker City resident, died July 8, 2003, at Creston, British Columbia, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Precht Harrison Funeral Home in Okanogan, Wash. There will be a graveside service after the funeral. A dinner will be served at noon at the Okanogan Senior Center.
Judy was born on Nov. 26, 1928, at Christopher, Ill., to Barton Edward Connor and Roxie Gulley Connor. She had 10 brothers and sisters.
She worked and lived in Chicago during World War II. She traveled to Oregon to live with her brother and to see the West. In 1952, she married Charles Ingram of Vale, a returning soldier.
Charles was foreman for the Russell Ranch at Vale. The couple moved to Baker City in 1956 to manage the Vaughn Ranch. Judy helped Charles in all areas of ranch management, often accepting good-natured teasing for being a “city girl.”
Judy worked for the Mercantile Store in Baker City for several years and then accepted a position at Baker Union Ford Tractor Co. where Charles was then working. She and Charles continued to work together, eventually becoming owners in the company.
Highlights of their working career included Judy being the first woman farm equipment salesperson and Charles receiving an honorary doctorate from the New Holland Co. of Pennsylvania.
The couple moved to Omak, Wash., in 1976 and later purchased the Wagon Wheel Cafe at Twisp, Wash. They retired in 1988.
Judy was active at the Omak Senior Center and she enjoyed dancing at all area senior dances. She and some of her many friends traveled to Osoyoos, British Columbia, to the senior center each week to dance with their many Canadian friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.
Survivors include her children, Jeannette Ingram Hopkins and her husband, Chet, of Okanogan, Wash., James Ingram and his wife, Jenny, of Marysville, Wash., and Jacquie Ingram Hunt and her husband, Rusty, of Coulee City, Wash.; a sister, Fay Morris of Baker City; her grandchildren, who were a source of joy to her, Michelle Hopkins Ogden of Monroe, Wash., Eric Hopkins of Everett, Wash., Kasey and Charles Ingram of Marysville, Wash., Cady and Charles Hunt of Coulee City, Wash.; and one great-grandchild, Tyler Ogden of Monroe, Wash.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 23, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor