Ina Rae Engelken (Fair, Taylor) of Olathe, Ks, quickly and gracefully departed this life on Friday, March 1st, 2024, at Olathe Medical Center. She had joyfully celebrated her 90th birthday surrounded by family just five days prior. It was at this party that she will be remembered for her beautiful exclamation, “I love being 90!” Ina lived in Louisville and Owensboro, Kentucky; Carrolton, Texas; Overland Park, Kansas, and spent her last years settled in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Ina is survived by three daughters, Rebecca (late Alan) Hoover, Teri (Sherin) Grimes, and Kimberly (Joseph) Woods; ten beloved grandchildren, Jamie Colbert, Brenda Fleshman, Thomas Hoover; Shannon Mathews, Adam Grimes, Kathleen Grimes, Natalie Gain; Cameo Taylor-Dye, Cameron Powell, and Candace Fowler; and 24 great grandchildren who lovingly called her Grandma E or Grandma Dottie. She is also survived by her sister Doris Page of Louisville, Kentucky; many nieces and nephews; her son by marriage Carl Engelken and children CJ, Ross and Christina; daughter-in-law by marriage, Pam Engelken (late Charles Engelken) and children, Michael and Jaimie. Ina was preceded in death by her two husbands, Charles Lloyd Taylor and Orval C. Engelken, and siblings Bette Lindsey, Patsy Mercer and Lionel Fair.

Ina was born to Mabel Humphrey Fair, and Lindsey Valor Fair on February 25th, 1934 in Adair County, Kentucky at her maternal grandmother’s home. She was proud to have been delivered by her paternal grandmother, Josie Franklin Fair, who was widely known as a woman of kind and noble character.

Ina had fond childhood memories of times living with her parents in Louisville, Kentucky, at her grandparents’ farm in Jericho, Kentucky, and of life at Ormsby Village for Children where she played oboe, flute, and soccer. She also wrote a column for the school newspaper titled, Around the Square with Ina Fair. She credits her time at Ormsby Village, also known as The Beanery, with exposing her to some of the finer things of life and she was forever grateful for her time there. She loved learning and literature and writing and continued to thrive during her college years at Midway Jr. College.

She met and married Charles Lloyd Taylor with whom she raised their three daughters until his death. She passed her love of babies and children on to her daughters who they raised in Kentucky, Texas and Kansas. After the death of her first husband, Ina delighted in her marriage to Orval (Skeeter) Engelken until his death in 2002. They were true sweethearts who enjoyed time together and with family, and had mutual interests in mall walking, American history and attending The Plaza Art Fair.

Her love of music included singing hymns, many hours of playing the organ, and playing her oboe. She passed her love for music on to her daughters, as well, along with her love of classic literature and poetry, flower gardening, trees and bird watching.

Ina was characterized by a spirit of gratefulness that permeated her life, allowing her to look back fondly on even the most difficult times, and to look forward with optimism. She was forever quick to acknowledge her relationship with the Lord and His constant presence, care and blessings in her life. Her last words were, “All things are new”. She has left behind a family that is blessed by and treasures the time they had with her.

Funeral Services will be held March 16th, 2024

Antioch Community Baptist Church

22668 South Waverly Road

Spring Hill, Ks.

Visitation: 12:00

Funeral Service: 1:00pm

(Immediate family, graveside service following.)

Ina loved flowers, so send them if you would like. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project:


City Union Mission:

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