Michelle Lee Ingram
November 19, 1970 – September 8, 2021
Michelle Lee Ingram followed the path God laid before her as she winged her way to heaven towards the sweet peace of eternal life. There, family, friends, pets, and saints who had gone before her were waiting to welcome her home, on September 8th, 2021, after waging a fierce battle with Covid Pneumonia.
Her story began on November 19th, 1970, born the beloved second daughter of Dan & Janie Ray of Lake Mary, FL, and baby sister of Cathy Ray, of Altamonte Springs, FL. Michelle grew up greatly influenced by her loving family and was blessed to be surrounded by the love of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins and a large circle of extended family & friends, then eventually wonderful in-laws along with nieces and nephews, that all enriched her life. After graduating high school, she earned her cosmetology license. She used that education throughout her life serving others, informally. However, Michelle found her professional career path in key areas of the financial services industry for well over a decade.
In the early ninety’s, she met the love of her life, Kyle Ingram and on October 9, 1993, they embarked on their life, together. In 1995 their wonderful son, Jerred was born and in 1998 they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Samantha rounding out their perfect family of four. Michelle cherished the roles of loving wife, devoted Mother, beloved daughter and daughter-in-law, wonderful sister and sister-in-law, faithful aunt, and terrific friend to all those God brought into her life. Her legacy of how to love, honor, value and dedicate your ourselves to relationships, will live on forever, as we pay it forward.
Michelle and Kyle remained focused on the family business while always trying to balance work with a variety of family-centered hobbies and interests. Her dedication to family became even more apparent as a stay-at-home Mom. She was an accomplished partner to Kyle in both the business and managing the household. The children’s education and involvement in extracurricular activities happily consumed her. She & Kyle take immense pride in the young adults they have become. In December of 2020, their family officially grew by one when Michelle and Kyle planned and celebrated the wedding of Samantha to Christopher Whitten. They truly were a family that lived, loved, worked, and played together.
Michelle’s sense of adventure was boundless, with family and friends they spent their years together enjoying the lifestyles created by owning horses, boating, snow skiing, traveling, and motorcycling to name a few. Michelle, fell in love with and owned a motorcycle called a Slingshot. This was a source of great enjoyment as family & friends took day trips as well as multistate day & state tours. Most recently she was thrilled to tackle the exciting ride on the Tail of the Dragon, (Deal’s Gap) an 11-mile course with 318 switchback and hairpin curves running along the NC-TN state line in her Slingshot, where upon completion she earned boasting rights of that incredibly unique accomplishment.
She was the consummate planner, if asked to plan something, you could always count on the fact that a creative solution, great idea, or crazy path was about to be born and executed flawlessly. Michelle’s unique blend of personalities were always entertaining. In her smile, the twinkling of imp reflected in her eyes. Then in the next moment she would unfurl her angel wings just enough to assure you of the tenderness she was about to share. She could repent with the best of us when the sailor in her snuck out and then easily morph into, her prince’s, princess in a blink of an eye.
God, family & friends were the gold & gems in her treasure chest, Michelle will live forever in our hearts through the memories we cherish. We will remember her unconditional love, generosity, sincerity, strength, and love of life. She would encourage us to follow the Lord and to not be burdened with times of sorrow, but genuinely wish for us the sunshine of tomorrow. She would remind us, of the great love she has always known, of her rich blessings, which she has savored much through her loving family, good friends, great times, and most importantly her loved ones’ touch.
Should you care to donate in her memory, two favorite charities were towerfamilyfoundation.org and Fraternal Order of Eagles Charities-Diabetes Research Center at www.foe.com. Michelle’s caring spirit loved helping people.
The family will announce a Celebration of Life for Michelle at a later date, as Covid concerns become less risky and restrictions more relaxed.