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Ina Yount Whitlock, 86, Poet Laureate of Vashon from 2013 to 2015, passed away unexpectedly in her home on February 7, 2018. Vashon community members are invited to attend a gathering honoring her life on Sunday, February 18, 2018, from 3-5 pm at the Camp Burton Lodge. The family invites you to bring poetry, prose or anything you may want to share.
A unique spirit, Ina touched people's lives with her compassion and creativity. She had deep friendships lasting many years.
Ina was born on July 2, 1931, in Lincoln, Nebraska. She first met the love of her life, John Moore Whitlock, in Junior High. They married in 1952 while Ina finished her Bachelor of Arts and John worked on his Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering, both at the University of Nebraska.
Ina and John moved to Vashon Island in the early 1960's. They traveled extensively, living in Venezuela, Aruba, Australia, Norway and Connecticut until returning to Vashon permanently in 1986.
A lifelong painter, Ina had many solo and group art exhibits. She held a retrospective of her life's work in 2016. A prolific writer, Ina authored Eating the Chinese Pear, a Return Trip to China (1995), Sketches from Paraguaná, Venezuela (2011), Stories of a Midwest Childhood 1930's- 40's (2012), Wood 5 x 5, Art by Ina Whitlock (2014) and Intimations, Beyond the Fathomable Wave (to be published later this year). She published three books of poetry including Of Love and Loss (2004), Origins-Endings Poems (2013) and Moments Out of Time (2016) and participated in many anthologies including Remembering, by Writers from Vashon-Maury Senior Center (1987), Remembering 2, by Writers from Vashon-Maury Senior Center (1989) and The Work We Do, An Anthology of Poetry and Prose by Vashon Island Writers (1994). As active member of the community, she also participated in several creative groups on the island.
Ina was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many people around the world. Ina is survived by her children Ned (Marta), Nora Mullen (Ed), Hallie Digernes (Trond), Sharla Kaufman, Shelly (John Affolter), many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In remembrance of Ina, donations may be made to Partners in Education and Vashon Maury Senior Services.
Photo credit Julie Morser