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Sybil Geneva Pearson Ingram

Sybil Geneva Pearson Ingram

December 16, 1915 - A ugust 20, 2010

Sybil Ingram, 94, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away Friday, August 20, 2010. She was born in Western Grove, Ark., on December 16, 1915, to William and Robbie Lee (Aydolette) Cooper.

When Sybil was a child, the family moved to Myrtle Point, Ore., where she later married Earnest Pearson. After the birth of their son, Earnest and Sybil moved to Roseburg, Ore., where their daughter was born. In 1957, they moved to Medford, Ore. Sybil, Earnest, and their son, Donald, purchased the Drive in Market, in Talent, Ore. Earnest died in 1969 and Sybil continued to work in the family business until she retired in 1977. A strong proponent of women in business, Sybil started "Sybil's Jewelry", which she continued after retirement. She was a member of the Talent Planning Commission and in 1976 her contributions to the community were recognized by the Talent Lions Club. In 1978, she married retired Grants Pass football coach, Mel Ingram. Mel died in 1980.

Sybil was a long-time member of the Eastern Star, Zuleima Nile, a 25 year member of P.E.O. and the American Contract Bridge League. Her hobbies included bridge, traveling, golf, gardening, watching the stock market and the Portland Blazers. Her love for travel and exploring new places took her across the United States and to many foreign countries.

In 2002, she moved from Medford to Glenwood Place in

Vancouver, Wash., to be closer to her daughter. Sybil is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynne and Greg Halseath of Woodland, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Cooper of Bremerton, Wash.; seven grandchildren, Ken Pearson of Medford, Ore., Kathie Pearson of Eugene, Ore., Debbie Young of Portland, Ore., Keri Ellis of Medford, Ore.;James Young of Camas, Wash., Diane Poppe of Grants Pass, Ore., and Heather Grutke of Medford, Ore.; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Pearson; and granchildren, Holly Young and Kevin Pearson.

Sybil will be remembered for her inquisitive mind, elegance and love of her family, friends and life.

A celebration of life will be held at Glenwood Place, in Vancouver, Wash., at a later date. Contributions may be made to the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, P.E.O. Executive Office, Treasurer's Dept., 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa, 50312. Arrangments by Perl Funeral Home, Medford, Ore. 541-772-5488. Please sign Sybil's guest book at www.columbian.com/obits and www.legacy.com.

Sybil Geneva Pearson Ingram