Elma Grace (Ingram) Abbott, 90, of Winona Lake, Ind., passed away at 10:28 p.m. on March 5, 2014, at Grace Village Health Care of Winona Lake.
She was born on July 23, 1923, in College Springs, Iowa, to Elma (Fine) and George Benton Ingram. On Dec. 25, 1941, she was married to Alvon Dale Abbott, who survives in Winona Lake. Prior to moving to Grace Village Retirement Community, Grace had lived in the Circle Drive neighborhood of Warsaw, Ind., since 1967, with close friends and neighbors Mary Lois Swain, Gracie Freeman, and Irene Golden.
Grace had worked for Little Crow Foods and Rockhill Law firm both of Warsaw, as well as having worked as a creative writer for 22 years for the Free Methodist Headquarters, then in Winona Lake, from which she retired in 1988. She was a member of Winona Lake Free Methodist Church since 1941, where she taught Sunday School classes for more than 40 years. She served in various capacities in Christian Education across the years; was a member and former vice-president of Winona Literary Club; member of Book Club; and active in the Red Hat Society. For more than 10 years she was a volunteer tutor for Kosciusko Literacy Services; and Executive Director for five years when it was Kosciusko Literacy Volunteers Association.
She is survived by her husband; two sons: Stephen (Paula) Abbott, Fishers, Ind.; Phillip (Lydia) Abbott, Lenexa, Kansas; one daughter: Sandra (Sam) Bowling, Pierceton, Ind.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and countless loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four siblings; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Rd., Warsaw. funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., Winona Lake, and will be officiated by Pastor Roland Kramer. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Grace’s name may be directed to Winona Lake Free Methodist Church, 902 College Ave., Winona Lake, IN 46590 and would be appreciated by her family.