Huggins, Elaine Ingram

March 15, 2006

DR. ELAINE INGRAM HUGGINS (Mrs. Francis Stephen) died peacefully on March 10 in Palm Bay, Fl. following injuries from a fall. Elaine Lillyus Amanda Ingram was born on December 15, 1915, in Mc Lean County, Ill., the daughter of Harry Kingsbury and Lillyus Passwaters Ingram. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Normal, Ill. and graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Education degree. Post-graduate degrees include a Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, a Master of Education from Loyola College of Baltimore and a Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education from International University. Her professional career as an educator included 32 years as a teacher, consultant, and supervisor for many school-related programs in the states of Illinois, Virginia, and Maryland. She took great pride in her leadership roles in developing the first Head Start Program, the first "public" kindergarten, and the first Title I ESEA Pre-School for disadvantaged children in Anne Arundel County, MD. She retired as a Professor of Psychology at Anne Arundel Community College. Dr. Huggins and her husband, Francis, moved to Palm Bay in 1975, following his retirement from the National Security Agency. Her contributions as a tireless volunteer, fundraiser, consultant, and board member and advisory committee member for many causes and organizations in the City of Palm Bay, Brevard County, and the State of Fl. are too numerous to list. She designed the official flag for the City of Palm Bay, and also at age 80 carried the torch for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Palm Bay. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1944. She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Richard and Linda of Mooresville, NC, and James Boyd and Pamela of Staunton, VA; five grandchildren, Sally, Abigail, Kathryn, Andrew and Jamie; two great-grandchildren, Aimee and Sara and many friends and colleagues. Services and Interment will take place in Palm Bay, Fl. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palm Bay United Methodist Church, 2100 Port Malabar Blvd., NE, Palm Bay, FL, 32905, Friends of the Palm Bay Library, 1520 Port Malabar Blvd., NE, 32905, or a charitable organization of choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Palm Bay Funeral Home, Palm Bay, FL. 321-724-2224.

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