Our beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend, Venita Mae Inions lost her brief battle with cancer on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the young, vivacious age of 75.
Venita was born May 27, 1935 in Dillon, N.D. to mother, Mary Rice and father, Joseph Mary Rice.
Her early years were in North Dakota. The family moved to Redding, in northern California. After the war the family moved to Yakima. Venita grew up in Yakima, where she met her husband Jack Inions at the age of 17.
Jack and Venita married while they were attending college at WSU and had their first son, Joe and daughter Jannese. After college, Jack and Venita settled in Grandview and had two more children, Jon and Tom. Jack and Venita raised their family in Grandview.
Venita was very involved with the family sporting events and the family farms and winery.
She attended many children's and grandchildren's sporting events.
Venita had many civic groups and clubs. She was involved for many years with different bridge groups. Venita loved playing cards with grandchildren. She was also a member of different golf groups. She enjoyed skiing with friends and family and was hoping to slow down a bit with the grandchildren. She loved trips to Camano with Jack and family. She spent many days out fishing with friends and family. Venita loved her vacations around the world.
Venita was known for her friendly attitude and made many life-long friends.
Venita was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. We prayed for one more day with Venita, but the Lord chose to take away her pain and suffering.
Venita is survived by her sisters, Elaine Kellie and Lucile Zimmerman; her children: three sons, Joe (Linda) Inions, Jon Inions and Tom Inions; one daughter, Jannese (Jim) Murbach; grandchildren, Adrienne Inions, Janay Murbach, Janelle and Cody Nelson, Justin Murbach, Eric and Candice Inions, Thomas (T.J.) Inions, Jack Inions, Jennifer Inions, Megan Inions and Thomas Inions; one great- granddaughter, Aubrey Nelson; and many friends.
Venita was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; and parents, Joseph and Mary.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection, 704 Schooley Drive in Zillah, with burial to follow at Zillah Cemetery, and with a reception to follow at Silver Lake Winery (formerly Covey Run Winery).
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah is in charge of arrangements.