Inez was born in Callahan, California in the late 1920’s. She was the youngest of seven sisters and one brother. She was married for 50 plus years to Earl Siemers and had five children: Andrea, Mark, Kathryn, Joel and Cary. And six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Her youth was a time before there was power or plumbing to her parent’s ranch. School was in a one-room building and she rode her horse “Penny” to school every day.
Inez had a small reputation as a cut-up at school and in her family but when her brother drove the school bus he made her behave. At graduation she had the honor of speaking as she graduated fourth in her class.
After high school she tried several jobs; helping a lady with her children and light housekeeping and poisoning ground squirrels for the county during a bubonic plague scare. Working a year for Pacific Bell with Elinor and Elaine she saved enough to have those pesky tonsils removed. While in Yreka she met her future husband, Earl Siemers who had returned from fighting in the Pacific theater of WWII.
They married on the ranch, the only child who did and moved to ldana, Kansas. The house they first lived in was only $8.00 a month, had no running water but a ‘pitcher pump’ over the sink, used an ice box and had an outdoor ‘john’. Bathing was an event in the small round tub.
Their children, Andrea and Mark, were born in Kansas. In 1951 everything was packed in a truck and trailer and the family headed west to be near Dad and Mom in Central Valley. There they rented Uncle Jake’s empty house, later purchasing Uncle Hubert’s house across the lot on Red Bluff Street. Kathryn, Joel and Cary were all born in California.
School for the children found her joining the PTA, working on many committees and eventually serving as president. Making education the highest priority in her family followed family tradition. She also worked with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts and drove a small school bus for a short time. When the children were all in high school the need for her help was less so she helped with the Laubach Literacy program as a volunteer.
She learned to drive in 1965. Later she went to work as a part-time employee of AT&T in 1973, she continued working for eleven years.
Inez joined the United Methodist Church where she held offices and sang in the choir with the Pep Club, which she was instrumental in organizing.
Always interested and skilled in fine stitchery she joined the Embroidery Guild of America, Inc., which has helped her to become even more artistic through the use of new materials, ribbons, threads and stitches. Her family treasured the many items she made for them.
Inez could often be found in her rocking chair working on the newspaper’s crossword puzzle. The dictionary she used was well worn from constant use.
With the youngest, Cary, Inez and Earl would take car trips to visit relatives in Idaho, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico. Stops were made at National and State Parks like Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Yellowstone, White Sands, and Zion.
In retirement Inez enjoyed going on walks with fellow neighbors and puttering around the house, with Earl keeping a variety of fruit trees and other plants alive in the hot summer weather in Central Valley.
Earl and Inez celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in August 1997 with all their children and many of their siblings and friends at French Gulch Grange Hall. Organized by the children it was a very festive occasion. Beautiful flowers decorated the tables, brought from Hornbrook by a close friend of Inez.
Inez came to Portland in 2014 to be closer to Kathryn and Cary. She lived at the Courtyard at Mt Tabor. Her happy demeaner was very welcomed at the Courtyard. People often said they wanted to adopt her as their own Mom. All who knew her were very fortunate.
Inez’s story came to an end on February 13. She was surrounded by family, thinking of her and being with her. A quiet end a very beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.
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