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Ina Von Tabibian A 17 year resident of Belvedere, CA, died peacefully at home, on Friday September 20, 2013 after a three year battle with brain cancer. She was 71. Ina was a founding member of DFA-Marin, and strongly supported the organization in its efforts to reaffirm civil and human rights, advocate for social and economic justice, end the war in Iraq, and stand up for a woman's right to control her own life and body. She was the designer and editor of the many flyers DFA-Marin and other community groups used to announce their programs. Ina was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina, to Paul and Winifred (Robertson) McInnis, the youngest of three children. She had a memorable upbringing, which she chronicled in the 2011 memoir entitled "I Remember When: Treasured Tales of My Family That Might Not Be True." She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, known then as the Woman's College. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, she married Jivan Tabibian, a Lebanon-born professor of political science at Wake Forest College. When her new husband was offered an appointment at UCLA, they decided to pack up and drive to Los Angeles, where Ina planned to attend graduate school. Soon after settling in Los Angeles, Ina gave birth to a son, Jivan, and then a daughter, Marie, shortly thereafter. After Ina and her husband separated, she moved to Pacific Palisades. Although graduate school was not to be had for the newly-single working mother of toddlers, Ina did enjoy attending art and archaeology courses whenever she had the chance. She had a lifelong love of learning and education, and it seemed that there was no subject that eluded her remarkable intelligence. Ina began her work career in publishing, starting with Holt, Rinehart and Winston, followed by Goodyear Publishing, Walt Disney Educational Films and Sage Publishing Company, all the while continuing with artistic pursuits including painting and printmaking. In 1983, Ina moved to Belmont, California to take a position as Vice President and Publisher of Fearon Teacher Aids a division of David S. Lake Publishers, and remained with that company until in 1989 when it was sold to Simon and Schuster. In 1986, Ina began dating David Lake, the owner of the company, and they became life partners who were inseparable for 27 years. In 1989 they started a small publishing company with several of the dedicated staff from the previous company. During this time Ina and David enjoyed many trips, both for work and pleasure, traveling and boating throughout the U.S. and Europe. In 1996, Ina and David moved from San Carlos, California to an idyllic house on the water in Belvedere, California, where Ina was able to devote much time to painting again, filling the walls of her studio and every other space with her wonderful art - oils, acrylics, watercolors, batik and even constructions. She was an amazing and remarkable talent, who pursued her artistic endeavors with love and passion. Her distinct and inimitable style garnered abundant praise, and frequent suggestions that she exhibit in commercial galleries. She only reluctantly sold some works, after much pleading by the purchasers. Ina was characteristically modest about her art. She was content in the act of creation itself, and to capture with a brush her visions of the beauty of the world. In addition to her pursuit of fine art, Ina taught herself computer graphics and produced digital flyers not only for DFA-Marin, but for many other local non-profits. On a trip to Reno in 2011 to visit with some former colleagues from the publishing days, Ina and David decided to get married at a wedding chapel with their colleagues as witnesses. It was great fun. Ina leaves behind her husband David, her daughter Marie in San Rafael, her son Jivan in Maui, her brother Daniel (Ellen) in Santa Clara, her sister Barbara Ann Jackson in Fayetteville N.C., her step-sons Joshua and Jon (Linda) Lake, and her three grandchildren: Stephanie Tabibian, and Sonia and Reyes Lake. She will also be missed by her big white cat, Hansel. On October 13, 1:00 PM at her home, there will be a celebration of Ina's beautiful life, welcoming friends and family.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Oct. 4, 2013
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