Ida Morin died peacefully March 3, 2016, just shy of her 79th birthday and with family at her side.
She was born April 11, 1937, in Solka, Czechoslovakia, although the family members were citizens of Germany. During the tumultuous war years, her father was taken as a prisoner, her mother and baby sister were sent to one camp and she was taken to a youth labor camp. After her father escaped due to a train accident, the family reunited. After two years of applying for refugee status, the family was allowed to emigrate to the United States and they settled in a suburb of Chicago. She graduated with honors from Proviso High School after entering at the age of 14, knowing no English. She worked as a private secretary for Automatic Electric Company where she met Don Morin, who proposed after three days and became her husband.
She was an accomplished Western and wildlife artist and for more than 15 years owned and operated Gallery 410 on Roosevelt Avenue in Enumclaw. She donated her work to Ducks Unlimited, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International.
She is survived by son David Morin of Enumclaw; daughter Gwen Blake of Auburn; sister Inge Reese of Bremerton, Wash.; and three grandchildren.
A celebration of her life is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. April 24 at the Morin residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.