Dianne Turner Ingham

April 5, 1952 ~ November 23, 2021 (age 69)


Dianne Turner-Ingham age 69, entered her eternal rest on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. She was born on April 5, 1952, in Dekalb, Mississippi to Dazel Turner and Verna (Johnson) Turner, who both preceded her in death. Her family lived in Philadelphia, Mississippi until she was five when they moved to Illinois where they eventually ended up in Robbins, IL. She remained there through high school where she graduated from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Illinois. After graduation, she headed to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Tennessee State University. While there, she became a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc in the fall of 1971, obtained a B.A in Speech Pathology in 1973, and continued her education by enrolling in their master’s Program in Speech Pathology. She wed Lee Ingham in 1976 and moved to Xenia in August 1978 where she birthed three children, Leigha, Dana, and David. Dianne spent most of her professional career working in higher education. She worked at Vanderbilt University, Wilberforce University, Central State University, Middle Tennessee State University and University of Cincinnati where she worked as an Academic Advisor and eventually retired in 2018. While living in Xenia, Dianne joined Zion Baptist Church where she became a member of the choir. She was also heavily involved in the League of Women Voters. Aside from singing, she was very passionate about cooking and enjoyed trying new recipes as well as exploring new restaurants all around the country which helped fulfill her love of all things travel. She enjoyed being the loudest and proudest fan of her children throughout their academic, sporting, and other extracurricular achievements and this remained true with her granddaughter, Debbie. The only thing Dianne loved more than cooking and traveling was being able to enjoy those things with her grandchildren. Known for her sense of humor and wit, she was always the life of the party and an excellent storyteller. Dianne is survived by her three loving children, Leigha, Dana, and David Ingham. Grandchildren, Debra, Nehemiah, Amayah, bonus grandchildren Kaiyah and Kamari, sister Antoinette Jackson, niece Rebecca Jackson, great-nephews Craston Artis III and Jackson Artis, maternal aunts Edwina Ward and Gladis Thomas as well as a host of other loving family and friends. Dianne is preceded in death by her parents and her sister Deborah Turner. 

Dianne Turner-Ingham will forever be cherished.


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