Former longtime Juneau resident Ina Vaye Williamson, 68, died Sept. 6, 2003, at her home in Kihei, Hawaii, surrounded by family and friends.
She was born Feb. 15, 1935, in Beaverton, Ore., to Arta and Stephen Herrington. The Herrington family lived on a small farm near Beaverton where Williamson's brother, Kevin, continues to reside with his family.
She married James Williamson in 1952. In 1956, they moved to Williamson Brothers Logging camp near Ketchikan. Logging brought the family to Juneau in 1959. In 1964, Ina and Jim started Williamson Construction Co. The company built many residential homes and apartments in the Villa de Vista and Riverdale Heights subdivisions and worked on various other construction projects in and about Juneau. She moved to the family vacation home in Kihei, Hawaii, in 1982, where she enjoyed "paradise on Earth." She continued her interest in building planning, remodeling and construction in Kihei.
Her family said she pursued her talent in art by drawing still lifes and portraits, and expressed herself through her poetry, as her father had. Although her physical capabilities became limited, she never lost her mental alertness and interest in all of life's opportunities. She loved gardening until her health would no longer allow her to mingle with the soil, but she did enjoy the fragrances of her gardens throughout the remainder of her life. Her family said she had a deep, bonding respect for the spiritual allure of the Hawaiian people, culture and music. In Hawaii she explored the teachings of spiritual life beyond the physical, gaining a deep respect for natural healing, Buddhism and spiritual communication. She generously shared her knowledge with others and never lost her ability to learn from all those she met on her path here on Earth. "She was a gracious lady," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant son, Allan James, and sister, Loveta "Veta" Polette.
She is survived by her sons, Ken (Terry Johnson) Williamson, Kurt (Nancy) Williamson of Juneau, and Kevin Williamson of Kenai; daughters, Kathy Williamson of Juneau and Karen (David Fonseca) Williamson of Kihei, Hawaii; grandchildren, Kris Williamson of Tigard, Ore., Ky and Keri Williamson, Sion Colmus of Juneau, Shayana Williamson of Honolulu, Kawika Fonseca of Kihei, Hawaii, Yvonna Douglas of Ambler and Kristin Williamson of Kenai; sisters, Moronia "Mona" (John) Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., Julene "Julie" Lee of Portland, Ore., brother, Kevin (Linda) Williamson of Beaverton, Ore. and numerous nieces and nephews.