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Ina Adina Dow

September 2, 1924 December 21, 2018
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Ina Adina Dow passed away at the age of 94 on December 21, 2018 in Salinas, CA. She was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to California when she was about a year old. She met and married Charles Dow in Carrizozo, New Mexico in 1946 while living with her grandmother for whom Ina was named. The couple moved to Salinas in 1955 where they raised their two daughters, Denise and Charla.

Her greatest joy was her family. Known as “MaMa Dow” to her three grandchildren, and all of their friends, she was an amazing grandmother. She knew how to do it and was good at it. She lived for making meals for her family so they could sit down together and gab (or gossip!) about the day, while the grandkids kept their elbows off the table. Because of her, it was a close family. She didn’t know a stranger and always made friends feel like they were a part of her family. They felt like she was their “Home.” That was her magic. Once you were in the family, she lovingly bestowed ALL newspaper articles upon you that she thought you would be interested in, or SHOULD be interested in reading. A close family friend was recently asked, “What did you learn from MaMa Dow?” His answer was, “I learned how to feel loved and cared for.”


Ina led a beautiful, adventurous life. She wore pants before it was en Vogue. She loved to travel, all over the world, and was especially obsessed with Israel. She loved to talk about history but especially to tell you about her personal history. She loved to dance. She loved live theatre, music, and singing. She rarely missed musical or theatre productions, dance recitals or athletic events that the grandchildren were in. She loved to sing and was as a member of Sweet Adelines for 61 years. Over those years, she served in many capacities, most notably as a Regional President and International Expression Judge, as well as competing with her local chorus. She also enjoyed Dixieland Jazz music — so much that she was a founding Board Member of the Dixieland Jazz Bash Monterey Festival for over 25 years, well into her 80’s. The whole family would attend the Festivals. The grandchildren loved prancing around the Festival proudly stating they were “Ina Dow’s family.” She was very popular and loved by the Volunteers who served on her committee to help make the Festival happen. Ina made many lifelong friends through these organizations, as well as through her church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas, where she was an active member since 1955.

She fell in love with Pennsylvania 25+ years ago when her beloved Jim Wilson introduced her to his family. In the year 2000, Ina began spending half of the year in the Brockway, PA area and always looked forward to being there. Her friendly neighbors also became a part of her family, especially David Buchanan who she considered a second grandson. She was a member of the Church of Our Savior in DuBois, PA and treasured her many wonderful Pennsylvania friends who she also considered a part of her family.

We all have lost a remarkable woman in so many ways, and now the Sweet Adeline Angels have added another member to their chorus. We’re certain she’s singing and dancing, front row and center!


Ina was preceded in death by her husband Charles. She is survived by her daughters Denise (Bob) Mraule of Salinas, and Charla Randall of Mountain House, CA; grandchildren Brian Murphy of Chicago, IL, Staci (Mike) Fetz of Mountain House, CA, and Meghan Murphy of Chicago, IL; great-granddaughter Hadley Fetz of Mountain House, CA; brother Charles Hunter of Peoria, AZ; and several Dow & Hunter nieces and nephews spread out all over the country.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1071 Pajaro Street in Salinas. Donations may be sent to: Sweet Adelines International, ATTN: Young Singers Foundation, 2110 South Toledo Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74137
918-388-8083 or

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Salinas, CA 93901

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
1071 Pajaro Street i Salinas 93901 CA
United States

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