1911 - 2012
Ina Fogarty died at her home in Walla Walla on the morning of Dec. 20, 2012, at the age of 101. Born Sept. 4, 1911, Ina was the youngest of eight children born to Claus and Ida S. Peterson of Moscow, Idaho.
She graduated from Moscow High School and the University of Idaho and later obtained a teaching credential from the same institution. In the 1930s she taught business subjects at Troy High School, Moscow High School, and also Walla Walla High School (1938-39). While teaching at Moscow High School she met a fellow teacher, Joseph J. (Jerry) Fogarty, whom she later married (Dec. 28, 1940) at her parents’ home in Moscow.
During World War II, Ina lived in Twin Falls, Idaho, while her husband Jerry headed the night school at the Minidoka Project for Japanese Americans forcibly relocated from their homes in the Pacific Northwest. As a result of this experience, Ina sympathized with Japanese Americans and had several close friends in this community.
In 1944, when the Minidoka project was closed down, Ina and Jerry moved to Walla Walla, where Jerry had been appointed a professor of education at Whitman College. She lived the rest of her long life in Walla Walla, though she retained close ties with Moscow, where her mother; two sisters, Ellen and Agnes; and a brother, Robert, lived for many years. Her sister, Alice Zaring, lived in Walla Walla and another sister, Jennie Newland, lived in Ritzville, Wash. All preceded Ina in death.
When her three sons had reached school age, Ina resumed her teaching career at Walla Walla High School in 1956. She taught business subjects at Wa-Hi until retiring in 1966. After her husband retired from Whitman in 1970, they were able to travel extensively in Europe and the U.S. Jerry died in 1998. Ina prided herself on living independently and until the last two years grew vegetables in her garden and packaged her spicy dried hot peppers for her friends and relatives. When she could no longer live completely on her own, she was greatly aided by her son James, who lived close by in Walla Walla.
Her niece Sally Powers and her husband, David, helped to manage Ina’s finances. In her last years she also had the assistance of a number of dedicated caregivers, particularly Mary Gonzalez and Santana Senior Home Care.
Ina is survived by her three sons, James R. Fogarty of Walla Walla, Richard Michael Fogarty of Bremerton, David Fogarty of Berkeley, Calif.; and a granddaughter, Nadine Fogarty, of Oakland, Calif. She is also survived by her nieces, Sally Powers of Ritzville, Roberta Thompson of Santa Cruz, Calif.; and nephews, Max Peterson of Salinas, Calif., and Robert Peterson, Jr., of Moscow, Idaho.
Ina’s kindness, generosity, humor and strength of character will continue to inspire her family and friends. Donations may be made in her name to the Blue Mountain Chapter, American Red Cross.