Linnie Ingram, 98
Funeral services for Linnie Crawford Pitcock Ingram, 98, of Tecumseh, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Clinking-beard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Following the funeral service, a lunch for family and friends will be served at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church. Mrs. Ingram died at her home Sept. 25, 2020.
She was born July 1, 1922, in Lilly Ridge, the daughter of George Harper and Jennie Lee Ebrite Crawford. She was the youngest of the Crawfords’ four children, including a brother, George Eldon, who died as an infant. She lost her mother at age 13 and became the homemaker for her father after her two older sisters, Ruth Crawford Moody and Edith Crawford Adamson, had married.
She attended the one-room schoolhouse at Lilly Ridge, and soon after graduating from Gainesville High School, she married Eldon Elza Pitcock on June 10, 1939. Together they had four children: Karen, Marlyn, Lyndon and Kris. Eldon and Linnie traveled to several states with his work, which took them to New Mexico, Kansas and Montana while they also maintained the home they built in Ozark County and moved into in 1952.
Eldon died in 1971, and later that year, Linnie married Glen E. Ingram, a lifelong friend who had lost his wife earlier that year.
Linnie was an active member of Lilly Ridge Church until she was no longer able to attend. She enjoyed singing in the choir; playing the piano, Jew’s harp and harmonica; writing journals; baking pies from fruit she gathered, canned or froze; cooking, and visiting with friends. She was a member of the Gainesville chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Friendly Neighbors Extension Club for more than 75 years.
She was also one of the first trained emergency medical technicians with the ambulance service here. She loved gardening, being with her family and her animals; she often reminisced about the animals of her childhood. Linnie wrote the community news “items” for Tecumseh and Lilly Ridge for the Ozark County Times, taking over that task from her mother when she was 13 and continuing the job over a total of 85 years. Her items also appeared in the Douglas County Herald and the West Plains Daily Quill. Her family quipped that she had a large following, even though she didn’t have a Facebook page.
Some of her favorite memories were visiting the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, feeling the spray of Niagara Falls on her face and enjoying Branson music shows with her friends Mearl and Beulah Satterfield, along with Loretta Davidson.
She considered herself fortunate to be able to remain in her home, maintaining her independence, until her death. Rebecca Hallmark, her hairdresser for several years, generously starting coming to her home to do her hair. That routine eventually led Rebecca to step into a caretaker role, spending at least three hours a day, seven days a week with Linnie.
She is survived by her children: Marlyn Pitcock and wife Charlene of Forsyth, Lyndon Pitcock and wife Linaia of Fair Grove, Kris Luebbert of Tecumseh; and former son-in-law Bill Luebbert of Salina, Kansas; grandchildren Lisa Davis, Dana Taylor and husband Chet, Kathy Hedges and husband Jerry, Marty Pitcock and wife Janelle, Rashell Braden, Kindra Vega, Erik Pitcock, Mindy Wright and husband Brandon, Tyler Pitcock and fiancée Alisha, Tanya Minks and husband Alan, Allen Luebbert and girlfriend Makayla; 26 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren; nieces Carol Aronis and husband Paul, and Neoma Moody; many great-nieces and great-nephews; special friend Marlyn Akinson and wife Kathy of Excelsior Springs; and an abundance of close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings; her husbands, Eldon and Glen; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Dave Davis; a grandson, Larry; one nephew, Warren Moody; and one niece, Lois Adamson.
Arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville.