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Mary Winifred Ingersoll-Smith, age 95, formerly of Greenville, passed away Saturday June 18, 2005 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Hemet, California. The daughter of Spencer Albert & Mary Winifred Story, she was born June 16, 1910 and graduated from Greenville Senior High School in 1928. She received her B.A and B.S degrees from Western Michigan University, as well as doing post-graduate work there, as well as at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She organized and taught the first kindergarten class in Galena, Illinois and for 25 years worked at public schools throughout West Michigan — in Greenville and Grand Rapids as teacher, reading consultant and coordinator of Title I Program and also worked for Kent County Juvenile Court, in addition to being active in the Head Start Program.

On November 28, 1931, in Greenville, she married Harold J. Shang Ingersoll, who preceded her in death on August of 1966. In December of 1969 she wed Mark H. Smith, who preceded her in death in November of 1990. She retired in 1975 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona and at the age of 85 was still volunteering to teach specialized reading to grade school children. She then lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas until 2001 when she moved to Temecula, California and lived with her daughter and son-in-law the past three and a half years. She was very active in every community she touched. In Greenville was a member of the First Congregational Church and the Washington Club, and while living in Phoenix worshiped at the Orangewood Presbyterian Church. She was enjoyed membership in Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Western Michigan University Alumni Association, International Reading Association, and the National and Michigan education associations.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert Winston Story, John Francis Story, and William Potter Story. Surviving are her four children, John R. Ingersoll of Benton, Arkanas, Nancy Ingersoll Schramm of Temecula, California, Mary Ann Ingersoll Carman of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Verginia Anderson Farst of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; a step-son Mark R. Smith of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. She was “Ducka” or Grama to fifteen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and ten great-great grandchildren.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and memorial services were held in California. Graveside committal services for relatives and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville (section 29, south of the Gibson Family Mausoleum). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Education Foundation of Greenville. The Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, is assisting the family. www.brown-teman-christiansen.com


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