Former Rector Councilwoman Dies at 78

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Peggy Ruth Ingram

Peggy Ruth Ingram, 78, of Rector died Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Ingram held the distinction of being the first woman ever elected to the Rector City Council, was active in the Democratic Party and other volunteer efforts and worked at Mitchell Funeral Home for a number of years.

Ingram was a native of the Black Oak area, and moved to Clay County in 1950 with her family to the Patterson Community. She later married Bob Ingram, and they farmed in the area around Rector. In later years she served as office manager at Mitchell Funeral Home, was owner of Bob and Peg's Antiques, owned Rector Florist and was a social worker at the Paragould Nursing Center.

Ingram was active in the Democratic Party throughout her adult life, and served as president of the Clay County Democratic Women. Her interest in public service also led to two terms on the Rector City Council. Ingram was former president of the Rector Women's Club, serving until her illness. She was also a volunteer ombudsman, regularly volunteered at the Rector Museum and was active with the Senior Bees.

Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral services were held the following day at the funeral home. Interment followed in the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

In her memory, the family requests givers consider a donation to the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation at, St. Bernards Hospice or committing a random act of kindness in her honor.

Those who wish may sign the online guestbook at

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