Ina Lee Wallace Connaway, 84, of St. Augustine Beach, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014, at her home. Born in Cleburne, Texas. Ina graduated from Waco High School and went on to attend Baylor University. While at Baylor, she met her future husband, Charles E. Connaway, also a Baylor student, at a drug store owned by her family. After their marriage in 1948, they lived and traveled to where the Army sent them, raising their family along the way. Upon being stationed in Washington D.C., Ina returned to school, graduating with a degree in fine arts from George Washington University. In addition to being a devoted homemaker and mother, Ina enjoyed using her creative talents to produce beautiful works in oil painting, sculpture, textiles, and crafts, creating a lifetime of art work she referred to as "Lasting Americana." After Charles retired from the Army, she and her family relocated from Washington, D.C. to St. Augustine Beach in 1972. In 1987, Ina earned her Doctorate in Art from the International University Foundation. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Above all, Ina was a faithful wife, a loving mother and a devoted grandmother, and she will be deeply missed.
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Ina is survived by her husband, Charles E. Connaway of St. Augustine; sons, Richard Connaway and Rob Connaway, and Rob's wife, Cathy, all of St. Augustine; and grandchildren, Heather, Patrick and Sean Connaway.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
St. John's Family Funeral Home & Crematory
385 SR 207
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Published in St. Augustine Record on Feb. 16, 2014