Ingrid Louise DeLancey (nee Swanson)

April 5, 1944 - January 22, 2023
January 26, 2023 28 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

With much love, the family announces that Ingrid went home to be with our Lord on January 22, 2023 after a brief illness.

Ingrid was born in Lake Eliza, Alberta, the youngest child of Nels Gustav and Agda Maria Swanson. Missing her already is her husband Jim, sons Jay (Tanya) and Kevin (Melissa) and her loving granddaughters Ava and Kaitlyn.

She is survived by her brothers Harold and Erling, sisters Mary, Bernice and Margaret. As well as by Jim’s siblings Dick (Sharon), Bob, Reg (Debra), Don (Kim), Evelyn (Richard) and Marsha (Dale).

Ingrid was predeceased by her parents Gus and Agda, her brother Wally, sisters-in-law Faith, Lil, and Joyce, brothers-in-law Gordon, Eugene and Ted.

After growing up on the family farm near Lake Eliza, Alberta, Ingrid completed her high school in St. Paul and moved to Edmonton where she graduated in 1964 from the University of Alberta as a Dental Hygienist. After a time working with her brother-in-law Eugene Dolinsky in Jasper, she began a career in public dental hygiene working with her lifetime friend Marie Tunheim as they visited schools in Calgary and Athabasca before she took a position with the Dept. of Health travelling to schools in the northern settlements out of Yellowknife. She met Jim in Yellowknife and in 1969 they moved to Edmonton where she retired in 1976 to be home with her children. Later, she loved a time as a photographer of new born babies at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and many years as a “lunch-lady” serving hot lunches to the inner city school students.

Ingrid loved working with children and is fondly remembered by school student dental patients, Sunday School students, girls she taught in the groups at Highlands Baptist church as well as always being mom to the neighbor latch-key kids. “Nana” was adored by her granddaughters, Ava and Kaitlyn, as she spent much quality time playing games, watching them learn to swim and skate, teaching cooking, knitting and crafts. No matter how busy life got, Nana and Papa were blessed by every moment they shared with the girls.

She was the solid strength supporting Jim for 52 years in his business careers at North Star Sports and Elk River Consulting, always ready to help with anything at all. They enjoyed travelling over the years to many countries as well as every province and territory throughout Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans.

Jim would like to acknowledge the amazing care she received for the past month at the Robbins Pavilion in the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The daily oversight and communication with Doctors V. Captan and M. Lyszczyk and their teams, and the tender care from all the staff in Unit 5 East and the Eye Institute with Dr. N. Arnold, was the best one could ask for. You are all very much appreciated by Jim and the family.

Celebration of Life to be held at 11am, February 4 at Dovercourt Baptist Church, 12321 – 135 Street NW
Pastor Dennis Milne and Pastor Ralph Griggs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dovercourt Baptist Church,
The Service will be live streamed at then scroll down to see the note for Ingrid DeLancey Service

  1. What a beautiful tribute. Jim, Jay & Kevin I share my deepest condolences. Very much loved being able to spend time with Ingrid this past summer.

    Cori Norman

    • Thank you Cori, we are so glad to have had that time together last summer.

  2. Aunty Ingrid was a very special kind and gentle person. As sad as we are that we can not attend her celebration of life, we feel she might understand, as her love of travel was as huge as ours! Please know that we will be there in thought and prayer, and our hearts will be with you.

    • Thank you Ken and Maeva,
      Your flowers and donation is appreciated by me and the family.

  3. Dear Jim and family,
    It is with a heavy heart that I am praying for all of you during this time.
    Ingrid was always sweet and kind to me. Her loving smile will be greatly missed. I may not have known Ingrid well, but I felt her warmth when I visited.
    I am grateful for the care that she received.
    I am thankful that Ingrid touched my life. My condolences to each of you.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words, Angela. We are glad to have known you.

  4. Jimmy and family – my condolences for the loss of your Ingrid. I only met her the once when I was in Edmonton to rendezvous with Jimmy and our friend Robert. But having read the obituary, I can see what a rich and rewarding life Ingrid had with you Jimmy, and your whole family. You two were well blessed in many ways.

    Be well Jimmy, take good care of yourself, and we will chat before long.

    • Thanks Tom, looking forward to connecting soon.

  5. Dear Jim and family…our heartfelt sympathies to you all. Find comfort in each other and in the Lords grace as he guides Ingrid on her journey home. Bless her and may she rest easy. Much love …. Cori, Nevin and Holly Hiebert

    • Thanks Cori, Nevin and Holly,
      i and our whole family rest in the peace that she is safe at home with the Lord.

  6. Jim and Family, I was saddened to read the notice of Ingrid’s passing and recalled her gentle spirit, kindness and grace. Please accept my deepest sympathies and wish that you may be comforted through this time by your many memories.

    • Thank you very much Sandy. Ingrid often spoke of the good time she shared with you over the years.

  7. Dear Jim and family
    While I never had the pleasure to meet your Ingrid, I know
    she must have been pretty special by what I read.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love your Hay River friend, Paulette Schoenberger and Reg

    • So much appreciated Paulette!

  8. I am filled with sadness over the loss of my dear sister, Ingrid. We shared many good times together, including a trip to Sweden & Europe in 1968, on a $5.00/day plan which we strictly adhered to. What fun that was!!
    She had the biggest heart & was so generous with her support & love; never judging, always sharing. She was my hero; she was my rock. I can’t believe she’s gone.
    My sincere sympathies to Jim, Jay, Kevin, Ava & Kaitlyn. I understand your loss.

    • Thank you Bernice, you will never know what a difference you made in our lives looking after our young son, travelling with Ingrid and always opening your home to us.

  9. I am so saddened to hear of the loss of our dear sister, Ingrid. I will always treasure the memories we had growing up together. We never lost our friendship, enjoying our get togethers and our trips we took as we grew older. I will miss you dearly, my dear sister.
    The Golden Sun May Set
    But The Hearts That Loved You Dearly Are The Ones That Won’t Forget
    Condolences to Jim and Families

    • Yes, Margaret, such a great sister you were to Ingrid all these years. Take care….

  10. We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Ingrid has passed. She was a very kind and giving person. We will always cherish the memories of the fun we enjoyed at her cabin at Baptist Lake. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief. Our condolences to Uncle Jim and families Jay and Kevin.

    • Thank you so much for these memories. Ingrid and your Grandma Margaret enjoyed many weekends at the lake with you Randy. and also you, Bradley with the whole family. Thank you for being there for us on Saturday. Hope to see you all again at the lake with you Jasslyn as well.

  11. Dear Jim, Jay, Kevin & Family
    I watched Ingrid’s funeral services online. So many meaningful & heartfelt tributes. I was so glad to be a part of the service even though many miles away .Ingrid has always had a special place in my heart. Caring, thoughtful and kind. She was always a gracious hostess during our many enroute visits form the north, making our time with you like a “home away from home”. My thoughts & prayers will continue to be with you
    With love and deepest sympathy Gayle

    • Thank you Gayle,
      although you were far away, Ingrid often spoke of you and visits we shared. Thank you for your kind words and memories.

  12. Don’t know if you will remember us Jim — John and Mary Ann King from West Kelowna now. I always loved working with Ingrid in the early times of our hygiene days. Such a kind, helpful and loving person. We are so sorry to hear of Ingrid’s passing. To you and the family our sincere condolences. If ever our way please visit,

    • Thank you, Mary Ann – yes I remember you and John well. Ingrid loved to work with you. And if memory serves me well, I recall something about an oil stove you donated for my garage ! Hope you and the family are doing well. Thanks for thinking of us.

  13. Samara and I are so sad to have lost our dear Aunty Inga. Her kindness and sense of humour will always stay with us. We have a lifetime of wonderful memories with her that will always remain. She was so special and someone I looked up to. Sending our deepest condolences to Jim, Jay, Kevin and their families. She will be missed.

    • Thank you Gina, you were such a special neice to Ingrid, thank you for your kindness and welcome calls.

  14. Dear DeLancey family,

    My mom Myrna and I were saddened by the news of Ingrid’s passing. My mom is still heartbroken about her dear friend. She has been overseas for a few months and only found out through Facebook. They had one last conversation in December and made plans to go shopping together when she got back. They had a yearly tradition of celebrating their birthdays together-she will forever cherish those moments.
    Ingrid was so kindhearted and a true friend to our family. I have many fond memories of her since I was a child and she always made her presence known during the milestones in my life. We are so very sorry for your loss.

    • hello Myrna and Katrina,
      Ingrid always held you close to her heart, Katrina. Myrna was such a dear friend and colleague at work and they spent a lot of good times together. I was sorry that she couldn’t be with us to share the Celebration of Life as I know she would have wanted to be here.

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