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Obituary for Muriel Jean Ing

Muriel Jean Ing, a resident of Hood River, Oregon, passed away on April 29, 2021 at Brookside Manor with family and friends by her side.

Muriel was born December 6, 1934 in Cresbard, South Dakota to Harold and Eva Horning. She was 86 years of age when she died. She attended school at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Oregon and graduated from Oregon College of Education with a teaching degree. Muriel married George Ing in 1956 and taught school in the Yamhill-Carlton School District in Oregon for 6 years until moving to White Salmon, Washington, where George took a position as manager of Mt. Adams Orchards.

Muriel raised 3 children while living and working at Mt. Adams Orchards. She served as the Secretary, Bookkeeper, Office Manager, and coordinator of many company activities as well as caring for her busy family.

Muriel was known to be extremely accurate in her bookwork, including payroll and financial calculations, as well as excelling in spelling and the written word. Muriel had an attitude of loyal support for all things family and was the “brains behind the scenes” in a very understated way, always deferring credit for her success to others and maintaining a humble and friendly personality. Her children remember Muriel as a steady, loving, and supportive mother, who always sacrificed her personal agenda for the needs of the family and always kept a positive outlook towards the future. Her greatest asset was that she was a good listener and a thoughtful speaker.

Muriel enjoyed traveling and had many opportunities to see the world with memorable trips to Asia, Turkey, Hawaii, Ireland, Europe, Canada, Australia, and travel to many parts of the United States. Muriel also enjoyed all Holidays, many different sports, family gatherings, growing roses, reading books, and listening to Elvis Presley music.

George and Muriel built a house on the Eastside of Hood River and moved there in 1996, where Muriel continued to work in the role of support behind the scenes, including continuing her administrative duties for the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, and the Winter Pear Control Committee, among others. She gained the respect of many fellow members of the Northwest fruit industry. She also served as secretary and payroll manager for the family orchard operations in Hood River.

Muriel greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and had many routines and rituals of activities involving games, cooking, outdoor adventures and also attending many sporting events. She was never critical, but always wise in giving advice to her grandchildren.

Her husband George passed away in 2005 and Muriel persevered to continue being a supportive and loving presence for her children and grandchildren until dementia starting taking away her independence and forced a move to the Brookside Assisted Living Home in 2012, where she continued to display her trademark content and friendly attitude, with the help of the Brookside staff and her caregiver and friend Bev DeHart.
Muriel raised her family to honor the same values that she displayed on a daily basis. Faith, Kindness, Modesty, and Respect for all others. She was a Christian and a member of the Methodist Church in her younger years and is finally free to reside with her Lord in Heaven.

Muriel is survived by her son Kenneth Ing and Janet Higby and Janet’s son Nate, son Edward Ing and his wife, Melissa, daughter Kathy Keerbs and her husband, Eric, and Muriel’s brother Gary Horning. She is also survived by grandchildren Jon, Alex, and Emily Ing and Evan and Danielle Keerbs.

Memorial Contributions can be directed to Providence Brookside Manor, Hood River Valley Education Foundation, or White Salmon Education Foundation.

Being mindful of current pandemic restrictions friends are invited to attend or can watch services for Muriel on Saturday, May 8th, 2021 both services will be outdoors and also live streamed {ZOOM link accessible at}.

11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at family home on Eastside Road
3:00 p.m. Graveside Committal at Cornelius Methodist Cemetery

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations) 1401 Belmont Avenue, Hood River, Oregon 97031. Visit to leave a note of condolence for the family.