Annie Louise Ingram (Ann) died peacefully in Christ on Thursday February 24, 2022 at Carney Hospital surrounded by her sister and brother-in-law. Ann was born on May 1, 1957 in High Point, N.C., to the late Welton and Cassie Bell Ingram. Annie attended High Point Public schools and began her working career at Adams Millis Hosiery Mill.
She later relocated to Boston Massachusetts in 1978 to help care for her deceased sister children. While in Boston, Ann worked as an administrative assistant for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Ann loved to travel and sing and was always the life of the party. She enjoyed watching her favorite NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys. Ann always cared about her appearance and was a true fashionista. She loved wearing hats and boy could she wear them. She was very meticulous and clean, and like the rest of her family an awesome home cook. She was a no-nonsense person and everyone who knew her knew this even down to the doctors and nurses at Dana Farber, however she was witty and had a very good sense of humor. Ann was a very independent person and displayed this all the way to the end. Like Frank Sinatra she did it her way.
Sister Ann was born again in Christ and she died in Christ. She fought a miraculous fight and held on to her faith in God until the very end. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Ephrathah Deliverance church where she was baptized in the name of Jesus according to Acts 2:38, and received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. She served as a church nurse and was part of the baptism committee.
Being a faithful member of the church, she came when she was well and she came when she was sick, sometimes barely making it through the door. Her faith in led her there for she believed if I can only make it to the house of the Lord, I’ll be alright. If the ride was late or didn’t show up, she would walk to church regardless of how she was feeling. Sis. Ann did not believe in being late or staying out of church.
She loved the Lord and she loved her family. She truly gave all the honor and glory to God for everything he did for her, the many blessings he bestowed upon her and for everyone God placed in her life. She was always grateful and knew that it was not the person, but God working through them. Throughout her afflictions she never murmured or complained. She would say to her sister I just got to take it; I got to go through. When asked how she was doing she would reply, “I’m blessed” so much that others began to coin the phrase and reply ``I'm blessed'' as well.
Her favorite scripture was Ephesians 6:11, The Armor of God. “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” She loved visits from her family and going to her sister Danette house for dinner, special occasions and holidays and the family enjoyed her presence. If Ann wasn’t there it was noticed and you would hear her nieces and nephews say Where is Aunt Ann? Did anyone tell her? Who’s going to get aunt Ann?
She spent most of her time praying, reading her daily scriptures and listening to gospel music. She was a cheerful giver according to the Scripture ``Matthew 25:35-36;” For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink, I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me, I was in Prison and ye came unto me.
In addition to her parents Ann was predeceased by her sisters Vera LaGrande and Brenda Ballard, and brothers James Ingram and Welton Lee Ingram. Her fond memories will be cherished by her sisters Joretha Lindsey of Philadelphia PA, Geraldine Ballard (Jerry) Wilda Stewart, Alecia Faye Ingram all of High Point NC; Danette Ingram Rubin (Michael) Boston, MA; brother Rev. Robert Ingram of Lilesville, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Sister Ann will be greatly missed by all who loved her, especially her sister and brothers in Christ at Ephrathah. Sister Ann loved Ephrathah and Ephrathah loved Sister Ann. When she was no longer able to attend church, she would often say “I miss the saints so much.” She fought a good fight and she kept the faith. She departed this life pleading the blood of Jesus, leaning and depending on the Lord and not complaining. She was afraid to murmur or complain because she didn’t want to displease the Lord.
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