Mary Belle was widely respected county historian

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram of Bay City, passed away on April 23, 2010 at her home, the Legacy Assisted Living, after fighting a valiant battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and heart disease.
   Mary Belle was born in Mankins, Texas, July 9, 1916, to Vera Frazier Richeson (from Bomerton, Texas) and Watkins L. Richeson (from Cherry Hill, Ala.). 
   After graduating from high school in Mankins, she attended North Texas State Teacher’s College in Denton graduating in 1936 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. 
   In later years she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Denton. 
   She taught for one year at South Lockett in West Texas. 
   In the fall of 1937 she moved to Bay City and taught at Bay City High School. 
   In subsequent years she taught fifth grade at Tenie Holmes Elementary and was librarian at Cherry Junior High School and McAllister Junior High School.  
   Mary Belle felt her greatest contribution to teaching was leading the Junior Historians at McAllister.
   In 1941, Mary Belle married Harmon J. McAllister. They had three children: Jerry, Julianne and Bill.  
   Harmon became superintendent of schools in Bay City and died in 1963.  
   In 1973, she married William J. Ingram, who died in 1983.
   Mary Belle was active in many school organizations from the Girl Reserves in the 1930’s to the Junior Historians in the 1970’s.  
   In 1978, she was first runner-up for the Texas Teacher of the Year award.  

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