Barbara Ingalls Shook died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at age 69. She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Paschal Shook, daughter Ellen Gregg Shook and step-sister Jane Sevier Smith. She is survived by her daughters Elesabeth Ridgely Shook, Adele Shook Merck (daughter of Robert Shook) (George), sister Elesabeth Ingalls Gillet, step-brother Lathrop Winchester Smith (Garland), grandchildren George and Caroline Grace Merck and nephew Sam Boykin, III (Lynn).
Although Barbara battled cancer all of her adult life it never interfered with her achievements. She chaired the Barbara lngalls Shook Foundation, which supported her philanthropic endeavors that enriched the lives of many people. She was a member of Ronald Reagan's National Cancer Board, was the Memorial-Sloan Kettering 1986 Woman of the Year, and was a founder of Challenge Aspen, which supports athletic activities for the disabled.
Barbara became an avid skier, summer golfer and an accomplished fly fisherman.
She faced every obstacle with her faith, strength and determination. She was the personification of courage and charisma, as well as an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and legion of friends everywhere.
Graveside services were held Monday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at Ridout's Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to charity of your choice.