Inna Lagrum passed away after an extended illness on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at her home in La Jolla, CA. Inna was born to Richard Ferdinand and Ludmilla Lagrum on February 2, 1919, in Odessa, Ukraine. She grew up in Estonia and lived in the capital city, Tallinn, until her family fled the communists just prior to WWII. During WWII, Inna lived in Germany and served as a Messing Officer for the United Nations, providing meals for 5,000 displaced people.|
After the war, Inna was married to Lt. Col. Darwin Miller and they moved to Oklahoma in 1947. In 1952, Inna and Darwin gave birth to their daughter and moved to California. Inna has lived in La Jolla ever since.
Inna's life was one of great accomplishments. She attended the finest French/American private schools in Europe and learned five languages including Estonian, English, German, French and Russian. Consequently, Inna worked as a translator and teacher of multiple languages for both the U.S. Armed Services and the UN. She not only translated for the UN in Germany during WWII, but also taught Russian to the U.S. armed forces at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA.
In the 1970's, Inna received formal training at Mesa College in San Diego to become a residential care facility administrator. She established and opened her own residential care facility called the Estonian Home in La Jolla, which she solely operated for many years. Inna was also devoted to supporting Christianity in Estonia through The Estonian House, Inc., organization in Los Angeles, CA. She was also a longstanding member of the La Jolla Lutheran Church that she attended for more than forty years.
Lifelong friends of Inna have offered wonderful insights about Inna and her life. They believe that Inna must have had a "long and interesting life," and that she was always "a real lady" and "a truly wonderful friend." Friends have stated that Inna has "touched their hearts" with her "energetic, sweet spirit, loving thoughtfulness," and her great "love for life." Lastly, friends would like to tell Inna, "Thank you for the lovely times we had."
Inna is survived by her daughter, Linda Buckspan Lagrum of La Jolla; and cousins, Arne and Anne Roosman of Canada.
Please join us for the memorial service to celebrate Inna's life on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the La Jolla Lutheran Church, 7111 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 17, 2014