7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mrs. Ina D. Pinckney Turner

Born Into Time: January 16, 1927
Born Into Eternity: February 27, 2018


“Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, Friend”

Ina, the oldest of twelve (12) was born to Ira and Alma Pinckney on January 16, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. Ina stated when asked HOW DID YOU END UP AS THE PERSON YOU ARE “Being the oldest, I became the mother-hen and looked after my eleven siblings and this taught me to become selfless (sometimes to a fault), to face many challenges, and to accept those matters I could not change and to pray.”

Ina made her transition peacefully at 1:40 AM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 when God welcomed her into His loving arms where there is no longer pain, sickness, depression, disappointment or discouragement. On Monday, the 26th, her brother Walter was there with her. No matter what was going on in his life, he found time to shop for her, take her out to lunch, bring her lunch and called her throughout each day. Walter always demonstrated that “LOVE” is an action word. We pray for Walter who was admitted to the hospital after a fall on the same morning Ina earned her heavenly wings. Ina always prayed and on Monday she prayed and praised the Lord. When asked who was in control, she continued to say the Lord is in control. When asked in whom she placed her trust, she softly responded “the Lord.” The only question that seemed to annoy Ina was when she was asked the name of the President of the United States.

A woman of integrity, a virtuous woman, a woman who trusted the Lord, a woman of strength and honor, a wise woman, a special woman, a special friend, a devoted and loving woman!! A Proverbs 31 Woman!! When asked: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES, Ina responded; 1) Becoming a member of my daughter’s sorority (AKA); 2) Birth of my two grandsons, Keith and Brian; 3) The surprise 87th birthday celebration my friends gave me at church; 4) The times spent with my daughter while she was becoming an adult, her college years, watching my daughter become the one who made her father and me very proud.

Ina’s only child, Cheryl Marie gained her heavenly wings in 2001 and her husband Theodore “Ted” passed in 2005 but they have always remained a part of her daily thoughts and she treasured the golden memories of her beloved daughter and husband.

Ina was a “Believer.” She read daily from God’s Word. She was grateful that God had never left nor had forsaken her. Her Past Church Involvement: Metropolitan Community Church, Cosmopolitan Community Church, and Salem Lutheran Church. Prior to her recent illness, Ina looked forward each Sunday worshipping at Zion Lutheran and lovingly told me about the young lady (whose name she didn’t know) who sat with her each Sunday. She was always thankful for the friends who took her home from church service.

Ina was a member of many civic and social organizations. Among those she always noted were Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jazzy Jewels of Chi-Town Red Hatters Association and Rosemoor Community Organization.

Ina, a graduate of Wendell Phillips High School, attended Wilson Junior College, received BS degree from Chicago State University and post graduate studies at Loyola University. Ina believed that the mind was a terrible thing to waste.

Ina leaves to cherish her memory and rich legacy: Grandsons Keith and Brian (Peridot); Jazmin, Jaylin, Khair, Khalil, Isaiah (Great Grandchildren); Siblings: Ira Jr., Floyd (Elizabeth), Walter, Jean, Annette, Marie, Edith, Elouise, Joseph (Ann), Vaughn. A host of nieces, nephews, family and friends have many memories to cherish of her unconditional love, commitment, giving, caring, sacrifices and sharing. Ina’s example should be a model for all to follow. Love is patient! Love is kind!

When Ina was asked HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED, “I would like to be remembered as a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, relative, friend, an excellent cook, an avid bridge player and one who loves to travel.”

Public Viewing:


Service Information:

Monday, March 05, 2018
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
9901 S. Winston Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643


Mt. Hope Cemetery
11500 S. Fairfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60655

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