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Nina "Inez" GoForth, Sept. 9, 1917 -- Feb. 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Nina "Inez" GoForth was born in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl on September 9, 1917 near the town of Akins, the ninth child of Daniel Britt and Bell Brewer.

As a baby, Inez was moved to Eureka Springs after the death of her mother to be raised by her uncle Jim and aunt Miley Rice. Inez's recollections of her life were stories filled with adventure and mischievousness, including one time riding on the shoulders of Pretty Boy Floyd while picking strawberries.

Inez was a very strong and savvy business woman, and although short in stature, she was always taken seriously. She was an important figure in Eureka Springs history having owned many businesses, most notably the Basin Park Hotel with her then husband, Joe Parkhill, where they hosted the first "Barefoot Ball."

In her heyday, Inez dressed to the nines, enjoyed cocktail hour and dancing the night away to Big Bands. Passionately political, Inez laid claim to being a diehard Democrat.

She loved her family deeply, and her home on Pine Street where she lived for more than fifty years. An obituary is far too small a space to tell about a life so large.

Our amazing Inez left us on Feb. 16, at the age of 94. Inez is survived by niece Brenda Evans; great niece Kelley Evans; great nephew Britt Evans; three great-great nephews, Reid, Ian, and Oen Evans; and great-great niece Mia Evans, who all know she hung the moon.

At Inez's request, there will be no services.