Alice Demske Ingram, 94, departed this life today in Jamestown, NC.  Alice had been a long-term resident at Pennybyrn in Jamestown NC, where she formed many treasured relationships over fifteen years.

A memorial service will be held at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel,160 East New Hampshire Ave Southern Pines, NC Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm with the Reverend John Pfisterer officiating the service. Burial will follow at Bethesda Cemetery in Aberdeen NC. 

Alice Mildred Demske was born in Bristol, Connecticut in 1920 as one of four children of Bertha and Gustav Demske. She is survived by her brother, Larry Demske, 96, of Bristol, Connecticut.

Alice married Leslie Glendon Ingram in 1943 and they enjoyed their family and married life for 46 years until his death in 1989.  Alice, Leslie and their four children moved between Connecticut and North Carolina several times with Leslie's career, until settling into their final home place in Southern Pines, NC.

Alice was a true child of the Depression era, and as such was forever frugal, hard-working, organized and pragmatic.  She was a quiet and unassuming warrior in managing life's challenges while expecting little in return and sincerely appreciating every kindness.  Alice was well-read, wise, and had a marvelous sense of humor which often took us by surprise. Her intelligence made her a frequent Jeopardy champion and Scrabble winner in our family. She loved and cared tirelessly for her family and home, and was known far and wide as an exceptional baker.  Her cakes, cookies and pies were the subject of great anticipation at any gathering.  Alice loved to garden, and left her children with a passion for creating beautiful beds and flowers because of our many gardening hours together.  

Alice genuinely treasured her church friends and dedicated ministry at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Southern Pines.  Alice served on many standing committees, but was especially proud of her service on the building committee that created the beautiful church sanctuary existing today.  She was a steadfast member of the choir for many, many years contributing her strong soprano voice.  As her children, we have often reflected that music was both her solace and her emotional expression, and served well as a mirror and outlet for her soul.   She sang and hummed her way joyfully through life, even as she was fading, which is a memory we will cherish forever.

Alice is survived by four children; Leslie Glendon Ingram of Raleigh, NC, Heide Alice Ingram of Winston Salem, NC, Lynn Ingram Boggs (Mike) of Middlebury, VT, and David Lawrence Ingram (Bonnie) of Carrboro, NC.  

Alice is also survived by four grandchildren, who loved their Mima; Richard Pringle Sanders, Jr., of Charlotte, NC, Christina Lynn Sanders Coggin of Richmond, VA, Kate Jennings Ingram of Asheville, NC, and Caroline Ann Ingram of Chapel Hill, NC.  

She also leaves a special legacy of beautiful great grandchildren; Addison McKinleigh Sanders, Colton Maddox Sanders, Cooper Quay Coggin and Ellis Ingram Coggin.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Pennybyrn at Maryfield, who cared for mom compassionately and safely, and loved her for many years.  We very much appreciate Hospice of the Piedmont for their support and coordination of Mom's care over these past few months.  And most especially, we want to recognize our sister, Heide, who provided unwavering love and tenderness to the end.  

We will miss you, Mom.  Peace be with you, and Godspeed.


Memorials in recognition of Alice will be appreciated to Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 1315 Queensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260 or Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1517 Luther Way, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

Powell Funeral Home and Crematory of Southern Pines is assisting the Ingram family


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  1. Although I did not know your mother, I did meet her and your father years ago. I was a friend of Heide’s. We worked together at Patterson Flowers in Montazuma, Nc. I would love to contact her., if you could please pass my email address along. I am sorry f

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