Whiting, Inez

Inez Olive Whiting passed away peacefully March 1, 2018, at her home in Medford, Ore. at the age of 104. She was born January 25, 1914, in Decatur, Neb., to Stephen and Roselda Klipping. 

She graduated from Bennett County High School in Martin, S.D. in 1932 and from beauty school in 1933. She owned and operated Rose Beauty Shop in Martin, for seven years. Her father, Stephen Klipping, was the custodian at Bennett County High School for many years. She married Richard W. Whiting, November 3, 1935, they lived in South Dakota, California, Arizona and Nebraska. 

Inez worked on the production line and it was Richard (Dick) that supervised the 22 or so women line crew that built the airplanes that helped the U.S. win World War 2. They also owned and operated several businesses over the years, an auto repair shop, a pool hall and a mobile home lot. Inez also owned and operated Inez Beauty Salon, in Ojai, Calif. for ten years. 

After retirement, they traveled full time for 12 years in their motorhome and then moved to Medford in 1995, to be close to their daughter Beverly, and son-in-law Barry, for the rest of her wonderful life. She was a hairdresser professionally but also loved to travel in their RV, dance, garden, make crafts, walk, volunteer at the Medford Senior Center, spend time with their grandchildren, watch Mariners baseball on TV, and play all kinds of games and cards, especially pinochle and cribbage. A group of ladies played pinochle together for at least the last ten years. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Beverly Jo (Barry) Hurd and Carol Jean (Chuck) Zajic, five grandchildren, Jeffrey (Diane) Hurd, Harold (Betsy) Hurd, Ronnie (Carrie) Hurd, Lance (Melissa) Zajic, Stacia (Paul) Lucchese, ten great-grandchildren, Heidi, Stephanie (Andres), Levi, Courtney, Shawn (Melinda), Ryan (Kristyn), Jamie (Tyler), Miranda, Victoria, Tara, seven great, great grandchildren, Jada, Taylor, Zedakiah, Liliana, Mia, Gavin, Paisley, and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Wilma Payton, and her husband Richard, they were married for 67 years and he passed away in 2002.

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