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Obituary

On November 29, 2022, Dorothy (Dotty) Catherine Poe Ingram, after a 15 year battle with cancer, went to the loving arms of Jesus.

A memorial service will be held December 2 at 1:30 PM at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church in Abilene. A reception/visitation time, also at Pioneer Drive, will follow immediately after her service.

Dotty was born December 16, 1953, in Independence, Missouri, to William O. Poe and Louise (Robertson) Poe and was the youngest of four children. Her strong faith and gentle spirit were nurtured and influenced by her parents’ deep faith and by her father’s ministry as pulpit pastor for Waldo Avenue Baptist Church in Independence. Dotty served the Lord her entire life and was a true reflection of Christ’s light to all who knew her.

Dotty was a graduate of William Chrisman High School in Independence where she was a cheerleader and homecoming queen. She attended Northwest Missouri State University and graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. At Baylor, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Dotty later returned to Baylor University and obtained her Masters of Community Health Degree.

She moved to Abilene and during her 20 year tenure with the Abilene Independent School District and taught special education, physical education, and health, while also being a coach and drill team sponsor. Her students enjoyed her genuine interest in their lives and her easy going demeanor. At age 56, Dotty decided to pursue a second career and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, graduating with honors. She worked as a floor nurse at Hendrick Medical Center on the Neuro-Telemetry floor.

Dotty married Ron Ingram, the love of her life, in 1988. Ron and Dotty were known for their gracious hospitality. Their home was a favorite place for meals and dominos, and friends were always treated as family. They particularly enjoyed hosting family and friends at their houseboat on Possum Kingdom Lake, aptly named “Family Matters”. Avid travelers, Ron and Dotty journeyed to many countries and always had another adventure planned.

Her two sons, Kyle Turner and Nelson Ingram, were the apples of her eye. Dotty loved being involved with her children. Whether serving as a room mom, cheering at any number of youth sporting events, challenging her boys to ping pong tournaments, or traveling the country to support Nelson as a Texas Aggie Yell Leader, Dotty was always her boys’ biggest fan. She was eventually promoted to “Dot Dot” as the grandmother to five deeply beloved grandchildren.

Dotty was an active member of the Junior League of Abilene, Bible Study Fellowship, various churches, and the Big Country Emmaus Community. She also enjoyed playing team tennis and walking at Red Bud Park. Dotty actively enjoyed the world God made.

Dotty was preceded in death by her parents.


She is survived by her loving husband, Ron, her two sons, Kyle Turner (and wife Amy) and Nelson Ingram (and wife Rachel), and five grandchildren, Caroline Turner, Jack Turner, William Turner, John Wyatt Ingram, and Lois Louise Ingram. She is also survived by her brother Tom Poe (and wife Anne), her sister Betsy Duke (and husband John), and her brother Bill Poe (and wife Karen), as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the Hendrick Hospital Infusion nurses and Hendrick Hospital Hospice staff for the loving attention and care given Dotty. We would also like to thank our extended family and hosts of friends who have blessed us through prayer and presence during through these past five months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a designated gift to Strength for Life in Abilene or On the Way Home Ministries, a food pantry, located in Lawn, TX.