Ina, 81, (or ‘Meemaw’ as she loved to be called), passed away peacefully in her
sleep on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, and left a gaping hole in the hearts of her
family and friends. No one Ina ever met was a stranger; everyone quickly became a
friend or even a dancing partner. She did everything selflessly and opened her heart
and home in Lake Lure to anyone who wanted to join her in her wild, creative,
colorful world. She loved animals as much as she loved people and tended to many
in all parts of the world, including elephants on African Safari, dogs in Greece, and
kittens in Costa Rica.
Ina, daughter of the late Mildred and Ira Gottlieb, was born in Miami, Florida, and
loved spending her vacations in Lake Lure with her family. Upon graduation from
high school in Miami Beach, Florida, Ina attended art school in Virginia before
becoming a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. This allowed her to indulge her great
love of travel and art; she would photograph everything she saw and then create
art inspired by her adventures.
While her love of travel and art was great, her greatest love was her family. Ina is
survived by her brother Mickey Gottlieb, her husband Eric Kunath, her son Louie
Long and daughter-in-law Layne, step-son Vince Kunath, granddaughters Kylie and
Jolie Long, and step-grandson Zach Kunath. Ina was a very proud parent and
grandparent and their biggest fan.
The family would like to invite you to join in a celebration of Ina’s incredible life on
Saturday, July 29, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Lake Lure Beach to share
memories and honor her life with joy. If you would like to share a photo to be
included in a slideshow her son Louie is creating, please email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: Ina. Donations may be made in Ina’s name
to your local animal shelter in lieu of flowers, please.
Each one of us is born with a full cup and our job throughout our lifetime is to
empty it. Ina didn’t only empty her cup, she then blew it up. May we all empty our
cups and live our lives to the fullest until it’s our time to slip peacefully into the next
big adventure, rested and ready, just like Ina. May our Queen of the Lake’s memory
be a blessing.