PANGUITCH- Ingra Ipson Richards, 86, passed away suddenly at her home in Panguitch at 12 noon Saturday, August 12, 2000.
She was born Jan. 6, 1914 in Panguitch, Utah, the fifth of six children of Hans Peter Ipson and Sarah Elizabeth Marshall Ipson.
She married Frank Keith Richards on Nov. 21, 1935 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died July 24, 1969. They had two sons, Frank Kay Richards and Joseph Ned Richards. Ingra lived her entire life in Panguitch, except for the two years when her husband Frank served in the Navy during World War II, and the two years immediately prior to that when they lived in Salt Lake City. She and Frank built their own home as newlyweds at 150 West Center in Panguitch, and she resided there until her death.
Ingra was a graduate of Panguitch High School, class of 1931. Before getting married, she attended Brigham Young University for one years, and played the violin in the orchestra there. She also attended LDS Business College. Ingra worked as a postal clerk under three different Panguitch postmasters: her father, Hans Ipson, Rudolph Church, and finally with her own husband, Frank for 22 years, from 1947 until his death in 1969. Shortly after his death, Ingra became the new postmaster of Panguitch, and served in that capacity for 12 years until she retired in 1981.
Ingra kept herself busy in her many community, civic, and church activities. She was the American Red Cross representative for Garfield County for 25 years, secretary, and treasurer of the Panguitch Chamber of commerce for 15 years, and a charter member of the Garfield Memorial Heath Care Foundation Board, where she served for over 23 years, including 11 as secretary. She was also an active member of the Business and Professional Women's Club for 58 years, and was twice named Member of the Year. She also served many yeas with the American Legion Auxiliary, the Homemakers, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organizations. She was politically active throughout her life, and supported the Democratic party.
Throughout her life, Ingra was a faithful and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her first church calling was Stake Sunday School secretary in the old Garfield Stake. She also taught 4 and 5-year-olds in Primary for eight years in the old Panguitch North Ward, and 6-year-olds in the Panguitch First Ward for eight years. She was president of the ward Young Women's organization (YWMIA) three different times, and also served as the Panguitch Stake YWMIA president for 10 years. She was also
a visiting teacher for over 40 years. Ingra enjoyed doing temple work, and was a faithful and avid supporter of the missionary program, sending many hundreds of cards and letters to missionaries throughout the world, including to her own two sons and to seven of her grandchildren who have served full-time missions.
Ingra loved sports and was a regular fixture at state tournament basketball games, attending the boys' tournament every years without fail since 1938. She also attended many girl tournaments, and was especially proud to see her hometown Bobcats win the 1-A tournament, as the girls did in both 1999 and in 2000. She also saw the Panguitch boys win in 1957, 1990, and 1998. In March, 1995, she became the first recipient of the Utah High School Activities Association's "Super Fan" award, and her tireless support of high school basketball was also highlighted in a March, 6,2000 Salt Lake Tribune article. she also enjoyed watching baseball games and track meets, various games on TV, and church basketball games. She usually liked to root for the underdog, unless someone in her family was playing for the favorite team.
Ingra will forever be remembered for the time she spent playing and doing things with her 12 grandchildren and her eight great-grandchildren, the older ones affectionately referring to her as "Grandma Great" or "G.G." She played the proud hostess to many a family gathering, including during the deer hunt each years. She loved to ride "up to the lake" or to go out to Bryce Canyon, just to enjoy the scenery. She posted pictures of her grandkids and great-grandkids all over her front room walls for visitors to see. She had a terrific memory, and was meticulous about keeping track of people's birthdays. Whether it was a marriage, a birthday, a reunion, a funeral, or some other important occasion, she was making a visit or a phone call, sending a card, and whipping up a casserole or a pink Jell-O salad. She was renowned for her homemade candy, particularly her famous divinity with walnuts. She decorated many graves of friends and loved ones at the Panguitch City Cemetery every Memorial Day for decades, often remarking, "I don't know who's going to do this after I'm gone."
Although she was slowed down by a severely broken ankle in 1993, and although her eyesight had sharply deteriorated during the past year or so, she remained active and optimistic until the end. She was a woman of tremendous faith, and was a living testimony to the power of prayer. Her life history, which she typed up in 1997, provides her descendants with an invaluable memoir about her remarkably full and well-lived life.
Ingra is survived by her two children, Kay (and his wife Ann) Richards of Salt Lake City; and Ned (and Mary) Richards, of Panguitch. She is also survived by her older brother, Nello Parl Ipson, and his wife, Deane of St. George; and by younger sister, Reta Mae Jones of Salt Lake. Her 12 grandchildren and their spouses are: Jeff (Jenny) Richards of Moab;
Robert (Nikki) Richards of Riverton; Leslie (Gerry) Trelease of Salt Lake; Audrey Richards of Murray; Paul (Jenn) Richards of Riverton; David and Stephen Richards of Salt Lake; Frank (Jeanel) Richards of Manhattan, Kan.; Bryan (Amy) Richards of South Jordan; Raschelle (Jason) Epperheimer of San Jose, Calif.; Alesha Richards of Wauwatosa, Wisc.; and Roylene Richards of Panguitch. She also has eight great-grandchildren, all of whom she was extremely proud. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two infant brothers and by her sister, Alice, who died in 1986.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 18, 2000 at 1 p.m. at the Panguitch Stake Center, 550 South 100 West, Panguitch, Utah, where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. A viewing will also be held at the same location on Thursday evening, Aug. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be at the Panguitch City Cemetery. Funeral directors, Neal S. Magleby & sons Mortuary, Richfield.