Ina, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in Point Grey and South Burnaby, passed away on October 10, 2011, at the age of 91. After graduating from UBC in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate, Ina began teaching in North Burnaby. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Library Science from Seattle University and subsequently worked as school librarian in secondary schools in Abbotsford and Powell River.
In 1961, Ina married Harvey MacKirdy, BA’47, BEd’53. Their family grew to include four children, Judy, John, Mark and Janis. Harvey’s career in school administration took the family to Smithers, Terrace, Ladysmith, and finally to Duncan, where he worked as superintendent of schools for the Cowichan School District. Ina spent 39 rewarding years in Duncan as a homemaker, active United Church member, and master gardener.
Predeceased by her husband, Harvey, son Mark, and sister Enid Dearing, BA’52, Ina is survived by her three children, five grandchildren, and her sister, Elinor Verkerk.