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Inez Gaskins

Obituary for Inez Gaskins

May 16, 1925 - February 14, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 92


Inez Gaskins did it her way for 92 years. She passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018 in the company of her loving and beloved sons, Matt and Steve.

Ruth Inez White was born on May 16, 1925, in Harleton, Texas. Her parents, Finis and Annie, had one other daughter, Inez's little sister Mary Dell, "Dilly" to all who knew her, who was three days shy of one year younger. She and Dilly grew up close and loving friends and companions, an affection that lasted throughout their lives.

Inez attended Harleton High School where she played on varsity basketball and volleyball teams that won some tournaments. She graduated from Harleton High in 1943 in a class of 12. She was valedictorian.

Inez went on to attend East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas. There she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in education and met and married the love of her life and husband of 57 years, Bill Gaskins. In 1948, the couple moved to Springer, New Mexico, in 1951, they returned to east Texas where they lived in Longview and worked teaching in nearby towns, Inez in East Mountain and Bill in Judson Grove. In 1955, they moved west—to Odessa, Texas, where they would live and make their careers together for 49 years.

Inez was an educator, and—with a brief detour teaching high schoolers business skills like typing and business math in East Mountain—spent her career teaching elementary school students. She was happiest teaching fifth graders, and did so for most of her career. She cared about her work and her kids. She always let her children participate in their own education. Her classrooms were lively, punctuated with laughter. And she never put a child down. The bedrock of her educational philosophy was kindness.

She taught full time for nearly 40 years and worked her other full-time job, as homemaker, throughout. She cooked all the meals, kept a pristine home—you had to make your bed every morning—reared two boys who were ten years apart, took care of the family dog (there was always a dog and sometimes a cat) and generally did everything round the house but iron shirts, which she said she got enough of when she was younger.

And she advanced in her profession. In June of 1975, she enrolled in a Master's program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and was awarded her Master's Degree in Education on May 12, 1979. During her tenure there she served as a graduate assistant and was put in charge of UTPB's inaugural Lab School. More importantly, she and Bill made deep and lasting friendships there.

Inez retired from teaching in 1986. After that she and Bill had some exclusive time for each other—and the dog. And they cherished that time together. Bill retired in 2001, but in 2003 he got sick; and she nursed and watched over and joked with him until he died in their home in 2004.

It was Matt's idea that she and Sandy, the lost dog she found and loved, move from Odessa to a brand new facility, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin. And so they did in 2008. There she lived out her retirement among new friends, befriended by pets and pet owners, and near her younger son Matt.

Throughout her life, Inez cared for and loved her two boys. She and Bill entertained each other for 57 years. And she adored her grandchildren, who loved her back. She was quick-witted and honest. She had a great sense of humor. She was independent and proud of it. She had many steadfast friends. She was loyal and loving and a wisecracker to the end.

We miss her. A lot.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Lloyd Gaskins, and her sister Mary Dell Swafford.

She is survived by her son, Steve White Gaskins (Kathleen Larson) 1014 Mount Curve Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota, her son, William Madison "Matt" Gaskins of 5124 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas, her grandson, William Luke Gaskins (Stephanie) of San Diego, California, and her granddaughter Hannah Jean Gaskins of Portland, Oregon.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 24 in the Longhorn Room of Querencia at Barton Creek, 2500 Barton Creek Blvd, Austin, TX.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to the charity of your choice or to the Austin Humane Society, 124 W Anderson Lane, Austin, Texas 78752.

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