Robin Ingram

  Robin Rae Ingram, 61, of Lynden, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 after winning the battle against breast cancer but losing the battle against throat cancer.

  Born March 15, 1957 in Cutbank, Montana, to Alice and A.J. (Frenchie) Sauvageau, Robin made her way from Montana to Alaska to Hawaii, where she enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after losing a bet. Not one to pass up a challenge, Robin relocated to Germany to start basic training. However, being who she was, she spent most of her time in the recreational center, where she met her first husband, Michael McDow (who was enlisted in the Army) over a jar of maraschino cherries. Shortly thereafter, the two were married, discharged from the armed forces, and gave birth to their only child, Ashley McDow.

  Robin subsequently moved herself and Ashley to Lynden, where she met the love of her life, Gene Crabtree. For the next 20 years, Robin and Gene grew potatoes and traveled the country together. When they were not exploring one of the 50 states together, Robin could be found on the farm turning a tractor seat or a vintage milk can into a thing of beauty. She truly loved the simple things in life, and her infectious personality and heart of gold touched the lives of many. She will forever be missed.

  Robin was preceded in death by her parents, also husbands Michael McDow and Gene Crabtree.

  Robin is survived by her daughter Ashley; two granddaughters, Isabella (Bella) and Victoria (Boo) of Calabasas, California; sisters Karen (Terry) Telgenhoff of Lynden, DeLoyce (Alvin) Stroud of Symuna, Delaware, and Michele Sevikus of Anchorage, Alaska, brother Gary (Patty) Sauvageau of Clinton, Washington; numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.

  A celebration of Robin’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Camel’s Club, 216 Main St., Lynden.