Obituary: Ina Travis

Obituary: Ina Travis

Ina Travis had a life filled with love, family, friends and a zest for experiences.

Ina Travis had a life filled with love, family, friends and a zest for experiences. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on December 21, 1929, she met and married the love of her life, (the late) Lawrence (Larry) Travis, in Miami. Together they raised three children in Atlanta.

Ina was passionate about exercising, a regular at water aerobics and the gym. She was always willing to try new exercises … even though we promised we would not mention the “exercise ball” incident!

After her husband and children, mahjong was the great love of her life. She participated with several weekly mahjong groups and was always willing and able to fill in as needed on her “off” nights.

Like her mother before her, Ina loved needlepoint. She worked tirelessly to create custom needlepoint creations for all of her children and grandchildren. Needlepoint filled her days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.

She also loved theater and going to the movies. She was an usher at the Fox Theatre for many years.

Ina was an active pollster for more than 15 years and a member of Congregation Etz Chaim synagogue for even longer. She was an avid Braves fan, but only when they were winning pennants!

Her Thanksgiving gravy will live on (but only if her children can figure out how to get it right!), as will her chopped liver.

Later in life, Ina loved to take trips with her friends and family. She was always up for a road trip and loved to drive.

Ina was a beloved mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a very stylish lady, with purple her signature color, except for her red hair!

Ina is survived by sons Reed Travis (Laura) and David Travis (Lisa); daughter Jodi Travis (Terri); grandchildren Rachel Travis (Michael Chiert), Dahlia Levine (AJ), Micah, Alli, Emily and Daniel Travis; great-grandchildren Matan and Aiden Chiert and Ada Mae Levine.

We close with a mahjong reference, as Ina would have wanted. In mahjong, as in life, we cannot control what tiles we get, but we can control how skillfully we play the game. You were a skillful player and will be greatly missed!

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta,, or the UNC Asheville Foundation in memory of Larry and Ina Travis, with checks made out to the Foundation sent to UNC Asheville, Attention: Betsy Blose, CPO 2600, 1 University Heights, Asheville, N.C. 28804.

Arrangements by Dressler’s Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Please sign the guestbook online at

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