Remembering Ina Mann: West Seattle centenarian; lived to 105

May 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm | In Obituaries, West Seattle news, West Seattle people | 4 Comments

Fourteen months ago, we introduced you to a West Seattle centenarian named Ina Mann, with whom we spoke along with three generations of her family, visiting her one day at Arbor Heights Adult Family Home (now a WSB sponsor). We just learned from Ms. Mann’s family that she has passed away. They are sharing this remembrance, along with photos (above, Ms. Mann on her 100th birthday with five of her seven granddaughters):

Alexandrina ‘Ina’ Mann * December 21, 1907 – April 19, 2013

Longtime West Seattle resident Ina Mann went to her her eternal home, with Jesus, on Friday, April 19, 2013, after a long life of 105 years. Ina was born outside London, England, to Albert and Louise Whitehead. She crossed the Atlantic on a ship at age 4 with her parents and 2 younger brothers, Walter and Albert. The family settled in West Seattle where her father built the family home on 46th and Findlay. She attended Jefferson Elementary, Madison Junior High, and West Seattle High School. After graduation, she worked for several years at Hostess Baking Company.

Her early memories of West Seattle included California Avenue as a dirt road with horses and visiting Luna Park on Alki as a young child. She met her husband, Huntley David Shaw Mann, Sr., while visiting the Swedish Club.

Ina never drove a car, loved gardening and working in her yard. She spent the last seven years under the loving care of Katie Gilliantte and Penny Nemoede and staff at Arbor Heights Adult Family Home.

Ina is survived by her son, Huntley Shaw Mann, Jr., his wife Marlene Hill Mann, 7 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

The family also shared this photo of Ms. Mann and her son, featured in our story last year:

That was taken in 1951.


  1. Condolences to Ina’s family and friends.



    Comment by miws — 4:18 pm May 8, 2013 #

  2. R.I.P. young lady. Thanks for the memories!

    Comment by Woodsman — 4:46 pm May 8, 2013 #

  3. What a blessing to have a wonderful Grandma for so many years. At home with Jesus :)

    Comment by Jeralee Knittel — 7:28 pm May 8, 2013 #

  4. Ina always used her power for good. Gods speed Ina.

    Anthony Stark

    Comment by Ironman — 7:46 am May 9, 2013 #

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