Nadine (Thorne) Ingels, age 94, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was born Tuesday, March 16, 1926 in Benton County, Missouri near Warsaw, the daughter of William Warner and Margaret Bell (Byrd) Thorne. She passed peacefully Thursday afternoon, January 28, 2021, at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1944, Nadine was united in marriage to Jackson Dennis Villines in Kansas City, Missouri and to this union one child, Jackie Dean, was born two years later. Their teenage marriage did not last; they later divorced. Mr. Villines is deceased.
In 1951, she was united in marriage to Ples C. Thurman in Independence, Missouri. In 1956 they purchased a farm near Harrisonville. They were married over 10 years until he passed in January 1962.
In 1963, Nadine was united in marriage to Boone Ingels, Jr., a widower, and he brought with him two children, Mary Katherine and Richard Boone Ingels. Nadine stood dutifully by Boone until his in death in 2004.
Nadine graduated from the National School (near Warsaw, Mo.). Leaving Benton County, she finalized her education in Kansas City. She graduated from Sequin’s School of Charm and later the Moller College of Cosmetology. She also attended special classes at Kansas University for business administration and styling. She then went to work for Macy’s department store in downtown Kansas City as a Hair Stylist and Color Technician. Later she owned and operated her own salon, Nadine’s Style House in Harrisonville and later in Pleasant Hill.
Although she was a hair stylist by trade, her favorite “job” was working side by side with Boone on their farm “Ingelside” just outside of Pleasant Hill. Boone and Nadine loved children, and many former Pleasant Hill students will remember the annual kindergarten field trip to Ingelside for sheep shearing, butter making, cow milking, and learning about the automatic feeding system. The trip ended with homemade cookies and milk. She loved to cook, bake, decorate, and entertain at Ingelside. It was a gathering place for many neighbors, friends, clubs and organizations.
Many will remember that every Christmas she shared her faith by displaying the nativity scene and hanging a star on the silo 70 feet off the ground. The story of the nativity was staged all across Ingelside with shepherds in the pasture, an angel, the wise men approaching from the East, and the stable with Joseph, Mary, and Jesus along the drive.
Nadine established a scholarship fund at the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City for aspiring ministers. She was an active supporter of the Fellowship of Christians and Jews; adopting several people through the Wings of Eagles program which helped return Jews back to Israel. She was an active member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church where she was involved in many aspects of the church including the United Methodist Women receiving her lifetime membership pin. As a member of the Altar Guild, she used her gift in flower arranging to provide flowers for Sunday worships, wedding arrangements, the annual Harvest dinner and numerous other church functions for many years. Oftentimes, following services, she would break those arrangements down and take them to various nursing homes in the area to extend love to those residents.
She was an Auxiliary member of the Cass County Camp of Gideon’s International, where she served as Zone Leader, Past President and was speaker at the yearly Nurse Graduation at Foxwood Springs. Nadine was also active in many organizations including: A 50-year member of the Bayard Chapter #179 Order of the Eastern Star; 25 years as a member of the American Businesswomen’s Association; a charter member of the Pleasant Hill Lioness Club; over 25-year member of the Pleasant Hill Lions Club achieving Lion of the year in 2009-2010; the Pleasant Hill Historical Society where she served over 20 years as treasurer.
Voters in Big Creek Precinct #24 elected both Boone and Nadine as their democratic representative to serve on the Cass County Central Democratic Committee. They were both reelected and served many years (one year she even received more votes than Boone, but he never admitted it).
Nadine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Boone Ingels, Jr., her daughter, Jackie Dean Wray of Houston, Texas; seven brothers Warner, Clyde, Carrol, Morgan, Ray, Roy, Hubert and Junior; two sisters Ethel and Bernadine.
She is survived by Mary Katherine Jenkins and her husband Rip of Greenville, South Carolina; Richard Boone Ingels, and his wife Denise, Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia; five grandchildren, Chris Parris and his wife Tamara, of Spring, Texas; Tammy (Parris) Hydeman and her husband Craig of Overland Park, Kansas; Justin Ingels and his wife Ginny of Athens, Georgia; Danielle Ingels and fiancée Aldane Edwards of Atlanta, Georgia; and Erin Hart and husband Paul of Greenville, South Carolina; seven great grandchildren, Erica Heimann, and husband Jacob; Hannah Parris, Neal Hydeman, Katherine Hydeman (Burchstead) and husband, Ben; Dre Foster, Arabel Ingels, and Isla Ingels; Nora Hart, Ezra Hart, and Silas Hart; one great-great grandchild, Brady Heimann; and one brother, Emmett Thorne of Lincoln, Missouri; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
Graveside funeral services were held Friday, February 5, 2021, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Reverend James Stanfield-Myers officiated. Casket bearers were Richard B. Ingel, Richard Jenkins, Allen Powell, and James Thurman. Honorary casket bearers were Dean Bradshaw, Charles Hight, Robert Hon, Craig Hydeman, Neill Hydeman, Justin B. Ingels, Lowell Lowrey, Col. Phillip Moore, Chris Parris, and Steve Stevins.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Gideon’s International Cass County Camp or the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550