Inis with her diploma and her daughter, Jan Wiltse.
The Board awarded the diploma to Mrs. Myers, in her maiden name, after receiving the following letter from Jan, Inis’s daughter:
Dear Dr. David Black,
I am writing asking your help in bringing a life long dream of my mother, Inis Myers, to reality. First let me say, I hope my contacting you on this matter is not inappropriate but knew no other way.
My mother has said many times how much she would have liked to have finished high school and received her diploma from Winslow High School. This was her dream but it was always just out of her reach. At my visit last Friday, she told me again of her dream of being an English teacher but couldn’t because she didn’t finish high school.
She faithfully attended every reunion that her class has had and was deeply saddened when her health would not allow her to attend the joint reunion held a few years ago.
Even today, she wears her class ring with extreme pride even though it is wearing so thin.
Inis will be 89 this July 11th and would like to see if this dream could be realized. So, I am bringing this to you asking you as Superintendent of the Winslow Public Schools that an honorary diploma could be given to her to meet this life-long dream?
Her high school career halted during the pre-World-War-II years when her husband’s employer, the US Forest Service, transferred him to Keams Canyon, Arizona. His tragic and untimely death before the war ended forced her to raise their two daughters alone. In 1949, during the height of the Polio epidemic my sister Betty and I came down with polio and were hospitalized for several years. Even though I don’t know the sequence of some of her life events, I do know she when back to school with that goal in mind. Again it was not possible because of her responsibility to her family. As a single parent with three children (two with special needs) she again was forced to abandon her dream.
The contributions and accomplishments she did make, even without a diploma, are worthy of one who had indeed obtained a diploma. She was employed by the City of Winslow for 23 years. She was the Assistant City Clerk for many years and at her retirement was the acting City Clerk. She set up the first sales tax system in Winslow, was the secretary for the Zoning Board and took minutes for City Council meetings when called upon. Her life accomplishments far surpass many that have received a diploma, yet within her a void has remained due to her inability to complete this goal.
At her advanced age, I know she would never be able to see or hold a pen in order to complete those requirements, therefore, I am asking your help in filling this void and would appreciate any help you might feel appropriate on her behalf.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Janice A. (Myers) Wiltse
Inis was awarded her diploma at the assisted living facility she calls home in Kentwood. She took a walk through the lunchroom surrounded by family and friends. She was even presented with a maroon cap and gown to wear.