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Ruby Gayle Ingersoll

Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Ruby Gayle Ingersoll, 92, of Troy, and formerly of Unionville and Lancaster, Mo., passed from this life at 10:22 p.m., Sunday evening, Nov. 4, 2012, at the Troy Manor, Troy where she had made her home for the past three years.

The daughter of Ernest Truthy and Sarah Eliza Jane “Mabel” (Brooks) McHenry, she was born Oct. 20,1920. On Feb. 15, 1940, at Unionville, she married James Kenneth Ingersoll, who preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 2006.

She is survived by: one daughter, Sarah Johnson and her husband, Robert of Milan, Ga.; three sons, Jim Ingersoll and Laura of Tehachapi, Calif., Robert Ingersoll and wife, Diana of Lancaster, and Rick Ingersoll of Troy; eight grandchildren, Jason Ingersoll  and wife, Jill, Jeana Wolfe and husband, Eric, Kenneth Johnson and wife, Donna, Mandi Johnson, Abby Johnson, Adam Ingersoll  and wife, Pam, Bess Johnson and husband, Dan and Annie Ingersoll; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Nita White of Ottumwa, Iowa and Kathleen Halley of Unionville; and two brothers, Jack McHenry of Turner, Kan. and Amos McHenry and wife, Helen of Unionville.

Gayle grew up in Unionville and graduated from high school there in 1938. She was a homemaker and caregiver all of her life. Following their marriage, she and Jim moved to Missoula, Mont. In 1942, the family moved to Ottumwa, Iowa. While Jim served his country during World War II, she cared for their family. Following his return from military service, they moved to a farm in Putnam County, Mo. where they crop farmed and raised livestock.  In 1961, Jim answered the call into ministry and Gayle became a Southern Baptist minister’s wife, a role she was well suited for. They served many congregations in northern Missouri including Livonia, Hartford, Omaha, Worthington, Lancaster, LaPlata, Unionville, West Liberty, Memphis, Novinger and Mount Tabor. For a brief time, she was employed at Hollisters in Kirksville. Following Jim’s retirement from full-time ministry, they returned to Unionville to be near family and to care for grandchildren. She was a member the Independence Club at Unionville. She was a dedicated member of the Southern Baptist denomination, serving in many positions. Her last membership was at the First Baptist Church in Unionville.

Visitation for her friends in Troy will be held between 2 and 5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012,  at the Ingersoll  Chapel for Funeral and Cremation Services, 211 Boone Street, Troy. Visitation will  be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the services at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Unionville. Private family interment took place the following day at the Unionville Cemetery, Unionville.

Please join in honoring the memory of Mrs. Ingersoll at Through this site you may light a candle and share your fond memories with the family.