Inez Irene Brannin, a 92 resident of White Salmon, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005. She was born on Oct. 19, 1912, in Portland, Ore. to Oscar Ray and Grace Bell (Mattesen) Brannin.
Ms. Brannin lived with her parents and sister until her mother became ill. She and her sister then went to live with an aunt and uncle in Portland. Ms. Brannin obtained her education in Portland and after graduating from high school, returned to White Salmon. She lived with another aunt who owned the Seaton House on the corner of Garfield and Lincoln.
She made her career as a bookkeeper, but also worked as a stage manager for the old Civic Auditorium, which is now Keller Auditorium. After her brother-in-law died, Ms. Brannin returned to White Salmon and lived with her sister Lucy.
Ms. Brannin's favorite things were tending to flower gardens, going to the beach and taking rides in the woods, especially in the fall. Her real passion was collecting and reading her books which numbered in the thousands. She held a lifetime membership to the Friends of the Library.
Ms. Brannin opened her house to many dogs and cats. She loved to sit by the window in her dining area, keeping a daily log of all the animals that came to eat or rest in her yard. She was an avid birdwatcher as well.
Survivors include cousins Richard Maddox and Eunice "Judy" Mongan, both of California. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and sister.
A graveside blessing performed by Father Felix Rodriguez will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at the White Salmon Cemetery followed by a memorial gathering at the White Salmon Park from 11:45 until 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Memorials may be made to the White Salmon Friends of the Library or to Home At Last Animal Friends, 200 River Road, The Dalles, Ore. 97058.
Gardner Funeral Home's Columbia River Crematory handled cremation arrangements.