Imogene Denbo Kramer (Gene), 84, died suddenly on November 12, 2014.
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Admiral Edward Murtone and Dorothy Garrett Denbo, she lived in many different cities while her father served his country during World War II. One especially memorable time for her was when the family lived in Bermuda where Admiral Denbo was responsible for building the Naval Air Base there. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, Gene’s first teaching position was at Elizabeth City High School, where she taught English at the age of 21 to high school seniors almost her own age. It was in Elizabeth City where she met and married Frank Kipp Kramer, Jr., the love of her life for 62 years, and raised their five children. Her children still look over their shoulder when composing emails imagining her there to make sure the grammar is correct. After the children grew up, Gene and Frank traveled across the United States and around the world, with Gene enjoying the planning for the trips as much as the traveling. She and Frank loved to read together, but different books, at opposite ends of a folding leaf table located in the living room. As she got older, the size of the font increased, but there were always 3 or 4 books on her side at all times. Gene was also well informed about local, national, and international news and politics and was not afraid to express her opinions about how well or poorly officeholders were performing their duties.
Gene is survived by her children: Frank Kipp Kramer III and wife Carolyn (son Daniel and daughter Katie), Cynthia Kramer King and husband Eddie (son Eddie), Edward Gibbs Kramer and partner Ray Barber, John Garrett Kramer and wife Eleanor (daughters Alison, Kate and son Gerard), Dorothy Jane Kramer, and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Edward Murtone Denbo, Jr, and several nieces and a nephew.
A graveside service will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Old Hollywood Cemetery officiated by the Rev. Charles McKenzie. Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Kramer family. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting twifordfh.com