Patricia Barrett Ingram Cook passed away peacefully in her home in the arms of her daughter and son on December 5, 2013. She was 89.
Patricia was born July 15, 1924 in Des Moines, Iowa to Ralph and Eva Barrett. She graduated from Stanford University in 1946 with a degree in speech and drama and worked at NBC in San Francisco, Calif. before marrying her college sweetheart, Charles B. Ingram, in 1948. After living numerous places across the United States, Patricia and her family retired to Southern Oregon in 1970, living just outside Jacksonville. Mr. Ingram passed away in December of 1972.
Patricia was an active and generous supporter of the arts in the valley, volunteering her time and support to a number of organizations, including the Britt Festival, Rogue Opera, the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Craterian Theatre, and the Rogue Art Gallery. She was a member of the Southern Oregon Historical Society's Gold Diggers and the Symphony Guild. She served 10 years on the MEdford Arts Commission and the Britt Board.
Her care for those less fortunate led her to quietly support many charitable organizations including The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, World Vision, and the ASPCA. She fostered a number of children abroad and was a loving supporter of the St. Labre Indian School. Christmas Eve you could find her at the Gospel Mission, greeting those gathered there with private gifts of cheer.
Patricia was also a Pink Lady at the Rogue Valley Hospital and enjoyed sharing her love of books with children through the SMART program. She modeled for local fashion shows and charity events into her late 80s and enjoyed making local television commercials.
In 1975, Patricia met David W. Cook, a dean t Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a violist for the Britt Festival. They married in 1976 and enjoyed a very happy and full life together for twenty years, traveling the world and participating in the local music and art scene in Southern Oregon until Mr.Cook's passing in 1996.
Patricia was a generous and dynamic woman, known for her sense of style and her collection of hats, which were her trademark. She loved acting and modeling, music, traveling, reading, movies, dogs, dancing, and the beauty of nature. Most of all, Patricia loved her family and she loved love.
She is survived by her three children, Allison Burleigh of West Linn, Ore., Christopher Barrett Ingram of San Francisco, Calif., and Katherine Ingram Flaherty of Jacksonville, Ore. She also leaves three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her brother, L. Col. Ralph Winslow Barret, preceded her in death. Her beloved dog, Harry, lives on.
A private celebration of her life will be held Saturday, December 21, 2013. Contributions may be made to the Southern Oregon Humane Society.