On June 6, 2018, Mrs. Ina M. Chinnery transitioned after a three year illness and subsequent complications. Mrs. Chinnery was born in St. Thomas U.S.V.I. on September 15, 1928.
She was the daughter of Idalia and Malvin Hill. After high school, Mrs. Chinnery was employed as a statistics clerk by the Virgin Islands Government with the Department of Vital Statistics.
As a young lady, Ina Chinnery developed a love for music, both singing and dancing. She had an excellent singing voice and mastered all the new dances of her time. She was by far the best dancer amongst her peers. Ina was known for her fabulous and stylish look with hats and shoes to match. Always a trend setter for fashion, she took pride in looking her very best at all times. She was often jovially called a “glamour girl”.
Shortly thereafter, she fell in love with her husband to be, Walter Chinnery. She then began her journey through life with her husband. This marriage would last for more than 60 years, together they forged a career in the food and restaurant industry. She was an excellent cook and her culinary scales aided her and her husband as they navigated the restaurant business. The business acumen was also an asset to their endeavors.
Ina and Walter parented five children: Lawrence, Lona (deceased), Linda, Lynnette, and Lind. However, she cared and parented many other children of her family members thus affectionately known as “Mudda”. Ina Chinnery was a devoted woman who loved her family and spend her later years caring for the grandchildren and traveling to Virginia visiting family and friends.
Ina had an excellent sense of humor and loved to laugh. It would be said that she was waiting to laugh. Little is it known that Mudda, as she was affectionately called, loved movies. She would go to the movie theatre regularly often accompanied by the youngest of her children.
Mudda was the matriarch of her family for many years. She was often appealed to for advise and would provide words of wisdom and advice to many of the younger members of her family.
All services was held in Saint Thomas U.S. Virgin Island.
It is the desire of the Chinnery family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of the late Mrs. Ina Chinnery has entrusted her final care to the staff of C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.