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posted Dec 18, 2017, 9:26 AM by Bob Champagne-Willis

Thoughts & Prayers to the Ingerson Family with the loss of Marna - a long time Maidstone Lake Camp Owner.  Marna - an MLA Board member always was so giving of her time, talents, and treasures to all she met.  In spite of not feeling well - she pushed to stay active in the MLA by shepherding the welcome wagon program, organizing food for our Annual meetings, and baking some of the best breakfast breads you will ever taste.  May your spirit live on in all of us...


Marna Lou LaPointe Ingerson passed away on December, 9th at her home on Maidstone Lake, Vermont, surrounded by her family after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.

She was born in Lancaster, NH, on August 20, 1947, the daughter of Leo and Arlene Silsby LaPointe. She went to Stratford Hollow Elementary School before attending middle school at Our Lady of Grace School in Colebrook, NH. In June of 1964, she graduated from Lancaster Academy. Following high school, she attended Plymouth State College, earning a Bachelor of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education in 1968.

Her teaching took her to many interesting places all over the world. She started in the Brookfield, CT, school system teaching kindergarten for two years. Then she moved to Groveton, NH, and set up their first public kindergarten. After that, she substituted in several school systems while traveling with her husband who was in the U.S. Air Force. Her travels provided teaching opportunities in schools at Limestone, ME; the US Defense System School in Madrid, Spain; and finally, a private school in West Carrolton, OH. After her husband retired from the Air Force she taught at the Lancaster Elementary School for 18 years before retiring. Following retirement, she took on the leadership of the “Growing Together” grant for the White Mountains Regional School District. She led this program for two years and made many educational connections in the North Country. Her efforts helped several independent day care centers in the district to develop an integrated program to better prepare children for introduction to the public school system. 

She was active in her community, often putting others before herself. She was a member and President of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational organization encouraging young women to go into teaching. She served on many professional committees within the organization across the state of New Hampshire. She was a member of the Whitefield Needlers who diligently made comfort quilts for cancer patients at the Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. The Whitefield Trinity United Methodist Church served as her home of worship. While teaching, she was a member of the White Mountains Education Association. As a Director on the Maidstone Lake Association she worked hard as the Welcome Wagon for new members to the Lake community. She was an avid quilter, creative basket maker, and enjoyed cross stitch. She was an avid swimmer, water skier, and fisherman. It was not uncommon to have several of her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren at her camp and getting them involved in many of these activities.

She leaves behind her husband, Alan, of 48 years; three daughters—Amy Ashbaugh (husband, Kurt and grandson, Kyle) of Rockford, MI; Julie Leslie (husband David and grandson Owen) of Poulsbo, WA; and Susan Torres (husband Luis and two granddaughters, Ella and Mary) of Bethlehem, NH; and one son, Ted DeJesus of Coventry, RI.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster, NH. Those who may wish to send condolences may do so by going to www.baileyfh.net . Visiting hours will be from 4-7 PM on January 12th. A service will follow on Saturday, January 13th at 10 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Whitefield. In lieu of flowers, children’s books will be collected in her honor and donated to Delta Kappa Gamma at the wake or service. Or you may choose to make a monetary donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or your local animal shelter.


Maidstone Lake Association

911 Maidstone Lake Road

Maidstone, VT 05905