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Hellie Ingerson


Hellie Ingerson, 85, Mutton Lane, Clayton, passed away at her home on Monday morning, December 3, 2012.

The family requests no visitors at Mutton Lane, but please join them for a celebration of her life at the Clayton Fire Dept., Graves St., Clayton on Saturday, December 8, from 12 - 4PM. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Union Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent in the spring at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Hellie was born in Clayton on August 20, 1927, daughter of Thomas H. and Rena Bartlett Slate. She graduated from Clayton High School and had attended Keuka College, studying music and psychology.

On April 16, 1948 she married Leo F. Ingerson in the rectory of St. Mary’s Church with Rev. George E. Racette officiating.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Clayton Baptist Church and had also been a Deacon and a Trustee for the church. She was a member of the American Legion Post 821 Ladies Auxiliary and had received the Sons of the American Legion Color Guard Service Award. She was the founder of the St. Lawrence Clover Kickers and had her own radio show, “A Date with Slate”. Hellie volunteered in local hospital, nursing homes, and for shut-ins with her music ministry. She had sang with numerous bands, including Jack Tooley and Ray LaBounty. Her singing included many restaurants and countless weddings and funerals. In 1987 she was Citizen of the Year in Clayton, was an avid reader, wrote poetry, and loved to hunt. A special thanks from the family goes to Dr. Stephen Grybowski and Colleen Westcott.

Besides her husband, Leo, she is survived by her son and his wife, Leo Todd and Faye E. Ingerson, Clayton; her daughter and her companion, April Joy Ingerson and Bernie Laplante, Chaumont; her four grandchildren, Lauri Lin Namisnak, Ami J. Schnauber, Jamie J. Ingerson, and Brian M. Ingerson; her seven great grandchildren, Mary Namisnak, Tristen Abbott, Harrison Wilson, and Noah, Hannah, Micah, and Leah Ingerson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her stepmother, Hazel Warner Slate.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in Hellie’s name to the Clayton Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Condolences to the family may be made at

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