Laura Ann (Fowlkes) Ingram was born to John and Laura Fowlkes on Sept. 25, 1936, in Lelia Lake, Texas.
She passed away March 31, 2021, in Kingfisher at the age of 84.
Laura, her older brother Earl, and her younger sister Margaret were all born in the same farm house. Her family moved to Hedley in 1948 and then on to Borger later in 1948.
She met and married Cecil Ingram at Calvary Baptist Church on June 4, 1954.
Mark and Celia were born in Borger, then the couple moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1957. Clif and Lori were born there.
In 1968, the family moved to Tripoli, Libya, where their international adventures began.
Twenty-two months later, they moved to Stavanger, Norway, where much of the identity of the family was solidified.
Laura used to love to recount stories of the coup d’etat when Muammar Khadafy took control of Libya – much of the action taking place across the back fence of their house. Additional stories followed of the eight years her family lived in Norway.
In 1978, the family moved to Kingfisher.
They soon joined First Baptist Church, and she became involved in the Bible study ministry of the church and in mentoring younger ladies.
She loved her church and she also loved singing.
But most of all, she loved her family.
She cooked, sewed and did handwork.
She loved on her grandchildren, earning the well-deserved name, Granny. And…she stood by her husband, Cecil’s, side.
Laura was predeceased by Cecil, her husband of 66 years; as well as three brothers, Earl, who died at 3 years old – just months before Laura was born, as well as Jack and Melvin.
She was also predeceased by a great-grandson, Cade Ingram.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Mark and Cherie Ingram of Loyal; Cecilia and Jaime Valencia of Houston, Texas; Clif and Laurie Ingram of Litchfield, Ill.; and Lori and Jeff Hayes of Lovington, N.M.
Granny Laura also leaves behind her grandchildren: Jennifer Ingram of Oklahoma City; Caleb and Shaika Ingram, Connor, Caisyn and Lachlan of Taylorville, Ill.; Randy and Samantha Ingram, Madalynn and Kambri of Kingfisher; Lauren and Blaine Grabow, Lasi, Lathyn and Owen of Loyal; Bethany and Daniel Wu, Oliver of Round Rock, Texas; Weston Ingram of Loyal; Julia Valencia and fiancé Carlos Ruiz of Houston, Texas; Joel and Caroline Ingram of Long Beach, Calif.; Amanda Hayes of Oklahoma City; Nicholas Valencia of Houston, Texas; Grace Ingram of Jackson, Tenn.; and Sarah Ingram of Litchfield, Ill.
She also leaves behind her sister, Margaret and husband Larry Rider of Fritch, Texas, and sister-in-law Lydia Fowlkes of Amarillo, Texas.
Additionally, Laura leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, dear friends and her church family who were so much a part of her heart.
Graveside services to celebrate the life of Laura were Monday, April 5, at the Kingfisher Cemetery with pastor Scott Watkins officiating.
Services were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home-Kingfisher.