Hazel Diane Maddox Ingram, was born August 27, 1953, in Cleveland, Ohio to Tafton Maddox and Mary Marshall. She was the second daughter and the fifth of six children. Family and friends in Cleveland, always called her by her middle name (Diane). Hazel was named after her aunt, the late Mother Hazel Coats of Dayton, Ohio. Diane departed this life at home, early Sunday morning on February 10, 2019.
Diane attended Glenville High School. She later met and married the late Ernie Ingram, Jr. To this union, Ernie Ingram, III and Raenell were born. Diane relocated to Dayton where her daughter Janell Sales was born. Diane was employed by the Dayton Public Schools (food service) and Bob Evans Restaurant (food prep/server). Diane subsequently chose to do her most important work, that is, caring for her family full-time.
Diane selflessly dedicated herself to support Janell due to health challenges. She became very dedicated to becoming a fulltime caregiver and helping to raise Janell’s children: DaQuan, DaZiah and DaJuan. As a result of this special care, Diane became very knowledgeable about the “Sickle Cell” disease. Other hats she wore were that of housekeeper, babysitter, best friend, cheerleader and chauffer to name a few.
There were times that family and friends knew her to be outspoken with her language becoming a little “colorful”. However, she was always willing to help someone in need. She knew every Food Pantry in Dayton, within a 3-5 mile radius of her home. And, she did not hesitate to share whenever she saw a need.
Diane was preceded in death by her parents Tafton Maddox and Mary Marshall; brothers, Maurice Baker, Talmus Maddox, and Holsie McFadden; grandson DaQuan A. Sales and a very devoted companion Randolph J. Sales. She leaves to cherish her memories, Sons; Ernie III, Raenell and Daughter, Janell Sales; Sister Ruth Perry (Edgar) and Brother James Stevie Maddox, both from Cleveland, Ohio; eleven grand-children and three great-grand-children; Sisters-in-law Alice Jean Baker, Texas City, Texas; Karen McFadden, and Joyce Maddox, both from Cleveland, Ohio, daughter Janell’s devoted paternal grand-mother and aunt, Betty Sales and Shirletta Sales, respectively. Last but not least, there is her very special friend Marvin Williams of Cleveland, OH. Diane was loved by so many and she has a host of other relatives and friends.