Ina Mae (Bess) Lindgren,76, of rural Clifton,IL took her first breath of heaven on November 15, 2021 after a brief illness and long battle with Huntington's Disease.
A devoted farm wife to the late Kenneth E Lindgren for nearly 50 years. Ken and daughter, April L. Lindgren, preceded her in death. Survived by Valerie(Randy) Smith of Morton, IL and Matthew(Jennifer) Lindgren of Clifton and her grandchildren, Chase(Emma) Smith of Morton, IL, Ciara(Cody Kinstner)Lindgren of Ashkum, IL, Walker(Abigail) Smith of Morton, IL and Kenzie Lindgren of Savoy, IL. Ina Mae relished being the oldest of ten siblings: Judy (Larry) Hanson, the late Leroy (Dee) Bess, the late Bonnie (Dick) McHugh, Helen Bess, Robert (Denise) Bess, Kathy Maisonneuve, Kathleen Lyons, Sissi Lehning and Chuck (Tara) Bess. After Jesus, family was her most precious treasure. Countless nieces and nephews filled her heart.
Born April 21,1945, Ina Mae, to Vernon and Opal Maxine (St. John) Bess in Kankakee, IL, the oldest of ten. Masterful on the accordion, she taught music at Veronda's Music Studio and then on the farm. Piano, organ, accordion and guitar rang from her music room. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School, singing and playing the church organ. An excellent seamstress, she could make and alter bridal gowns and replaced many zippers. Her creative nature had her upcycling and recycling before it was trendy.
She married the love of her life, Ken Lindgren, on February 1, 1964, leaving the city for green acres of corn and beans. Neighbor and best friend, Marilyn Rosenboom for over 50 years taught her how to be a farm wife. Introducing a farm neighbor to her sister, Judy, meant another sister was moving to Clifton. Faith, farming, family, music, joy, positivity and love poured from her soul. A hugger like no other! Strangers who entered her home left as family. Her farm kitchen was her mission field. All were welcome at her table. Ina Mae exhaled "loving like Jesus".
She served the church, the Clifton food bank and the Gideon's Auxiliary. A founding member of the local Youth for Christ board, she embraced the mission. The Iroquois County 4-H Fair was her favorite week of the year, serving caramel apples, cotton candy and hugs. A humble servant to all, content with whatever God placed in her hands. Her heartbeat and testimony will echo into eternity.
Visitation Thursday, 11/18, at Knapp Funeral home in Clifton from 4-7pm. Life Celebration at Open Bible Center, 410 S Small Ave, Kankakee, IL on Friday, November 11/19 at 10am. Brief visitation at 9am. Burial immediately following in the Clifton Cemetery in Clifton. Memorials can be made to Illinois Chapter- HDSA (Huntington's Disease Society of America), PO Box 1454, Lake Villa, IL 60046 or family choice.
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