Ina Ann Scott Sandlin, 82, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 21, 2017, surrounded by loved ones at her home in Enterprise.
Ina was born March 19, 1934, at her grandmother’s (Cora Estes Scott) home in Joseph to Harvey and Nellie Ann Nuxoll Scott. Ina (Deb) and Inez (Ducky) were born that day (twins) and joined an older sister Joan.
Ina completed primary school in Joseph and then her family moved to Stanfield, Vanport and Portland following jobs. Ina attended Roosevelt High School where she took art and competed in art competitions throughout the city; winning many gold keys. Ina came back to Joseph and stayed with her Grandmother Cora and Uncle and Aunt Inie Rhinehart; graduating from Joseph High School in 1952. She met her husband, Duane Sandlin, while visiting her aunt and uncle, Loren Scott, on Imnaha. They were married and moved to the Sandlin Ranch (XT Ranch) on the upper Imnaha River with Duane’s parentls Rose and Homa Sandlin.
Ina began her school bus driving career on Imnaha. She would drive the up-river kids to school at Imnaha in the morning, stay the day visiting friends A.L. and Rowena Duckett, Lloyd and Naomi Doss, Carol Borgerding and many more. Then when school was out she would drive the children home.
In 1973 the ranch was sold and Ina and Duane moved to Enterprise. Ina began driving school bus for Moffit Brothers and Enterprise School District. Ina drove school bus for about 40 years, spanning at least two generations of children and she enjoyed every day of it.
Ina was an accomplished gardener, artist, mother and an exceptional grandmother and great-grandmother; she was proud of every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!
Ina is survived by her husband of 63 years; Duane Sandlin; her daughters Mary Sandlin, Cindy Kuchenbecker and husband Lyle, Audrey Osborn and husband John; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her best friend, Shirley Jennings.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 11 a.m. at Bollman Funeral Home with a celebration of life dinner following the service at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. All friends and family are encouraged to come and share in the celebration of Ina’s life. Please bring a salad and/or desert to share; everything else will be provided.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Wallowa County Humane Society.