Joann L. Wise Ingraham

January 27, 1930 ‒ March 09, 2009

Worthington, Ohio

WORTHINGTON: Joann L. Wise Ingraham, a devoted adoring mother of four, and former Lexington resident, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009 in Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness. She was 79.

Joann was born January 27, 1930 in Marion, the daughter of Fred Huston and Zoa Ruth (McFerren) Fisher and was graduated from Lexington High School.

She worked in the human resources department at both JC Penney and Lazarus in Mansfield. A single mom, once her children where through school themselves, she relocated to Columbus where she worked for Lazarus and returned to school. A woman of strength and determination, Joann completed her bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 1982.

On May 12, 1985 she married James Ingraham, who survives in Worthington.

Most recently Joann was working as the church secretary at Central Presbyterian Church in Columbus. She and James, who is the Minister of Music for the church, were not only employed there, but were very active members, participating in most community service projects.

Though most of her life was dedicated to working and taking care of her family, Joann enjoyed spending time in her flower garden, and taking time to watch her birds.

Joann will be remembered for her sense of humor, kind heart, warm loving hugs, big smile and her generosity, and as the supreme pie baker of the family.

In addition to her husband Jim, she is survived by her children and their spouses Alan P. Wise and Terri Durner of Powell, Randy and Lou Wise of Mansfield, Mary Jo Davis of Kenewick, Washington, and Barbara Wise of Worthington; 15 grandchildren Shannon and Mark Meservey, Amber and Eric Engelhardt, Ryan Wise, Ashley Wise, Ryan Durner, Lauren Durner, Sean Durner, Sarah and Mike Frank, Jennifer Wise, David Wise, Shane Price, Shaun Price, Sarah Price, Cash Davis, and Hanna Davis; twelve great grandchildren, and two great grandbabies Joann was eager to welcome to the family; a sister Dorothy Heslep Stout, nieces and nephews Janet and Roger Ingram, Pam and Ray Riddle, Steve Heslep, and Tim and Pam Stout, along with numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Barbara Ingraham, and a brother and sister-in-law Paul W. and Joan Fisher.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Joann Wise Ingraham will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2009 in Central Presbyterian Church, 132 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Pastor James Mehler will officiate. Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 1-3 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Pastor Gary Hunt will officiate, and burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Central Presbyterian Church, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or the American Heart Association may be made through the funeral home.