Inez Louise DeMink
Inez Louise DeMink
  • June 23, 1952 - December 8, 2017
  • Liberty, Missouri

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Inez DeMink passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on December 8, 2017.

Inez Louise Ott was born on June 23, 1952 at the General Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri to August Michael Ott, Jr and Agatha Arlene Ott. Inez was named after her Mother’s sister Inez and her paternal Grandmother Martha Louise.

In 1973, after high school and two years of college, she married Steven Sage. They were blessed with two children, Michelle and Erik. Her children later bestowed more blessings on her with four grandchildren Erik, Luke, Ashlyn, and Keri. Inez and Steven divorced in 1983. Over the next 20 years, Inez would be a leader in several singles organizations. The groups she was active in were NKC First Presbyterian, Village Presbyterian, Platte Woods Singles, and Parents Without Partners. She was President of Chapter 106 the last two years the chapter existed. She joined Chapter 505 when 106 closed.

In July 2004 she met Dave DeMink. They were married March 3, 2007 and were married for eight years. Her beloved husband Dave passed away five days after their 8th anniversary. During their marriage, she and Dave enjoyed mini-vacations and weekend getaways. Inez accompanied Dave to Detroit (Dave’s birthplace and hometown) and mentioned on many occasions what an “interesting experience and culture shock” it was. Inez and Dave always hoped to be able to go on a cruise one day, but unfortunately were unable to do so. They also enjoyed dining in their favorite restaurants. The Melting Pot and Texas Roadhouse were some of their favorites. Inez and Dave always looked forward to spending time with family and friends.

Inez was always encouraged to think outside the box. This did not always set well with her family when it came to religion. Inez was raised Southern Baptist, became a Catholic when she married Steven, and later explored the Native American lifestyle before ultimately returning to Christianity.

One of Inez’ biggest passions was spending time with family. She was always willing to put family first before her other interests. It was a rare occasion for her to miss any of her kids or grandkids’ activities, including band concerts, choir, football, baseball, soccer, basketball and wrestling. At these events, she spent just as much time photographing the action as she did watching the action!

The thing the grandkids loved the most was Grandma’s Annual Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party. It was THE sleepover event of the year! When the tradition started there was an interactive dinner which often included pizza, tacos, or anything the kids could help make. There was a craft to take home the next day. Then the games came out! Twister was a favorite. At midnight they rang in the New Year with champagne (sparkling fruit juice) and noise makers. Of course, there were always pictures to document the festivities! These rowdy parties often continued into the wee hours of the morning. The next morning Inez would make elephant pancakes and other breakfast foods. The morning after one party in particular, Inez accidently left a plate on a burner that she didn’t realize was turned on. The plate exploded, sending shards of Corningware across the kitchen. Thankfully no one was injured. After that, everyone went to IHOP for breakfast.

Inez’s other passions included photography (thanks to Steven), storytelling, scrapbooking, card-making, ceramics, beading and jewelry-making. One of her favorite activities was taking her granddaughters to Ceramic Café, where they spent hours picking out and painting ceramics for themselves or for gifts for friends and family. She had a creative, artistic mind and this became a hindrance at times. She had so many wonderful project ideas floating around in her mind that she sometimes got overloaded, starting the projects but never finishing them. She had many stories from her childhood. One day Inez was babysitting Ashlyn, (who was quite young) when she asked Inez to “tell me story ‘bout you little girl”. That started a tradition of storytelling that continued to the end. That tradition resulted in a book Inez wrote about her life, Grandma, Tell Me a Story.

Inez was preceded in death by husband David DeMink, close friend Joe Brown, and her parents August and Arlene Ott.

Inez is survived by children Michelle and Brett Schultz of Liberty, MO, Erik and Krista Sage of Kansas City, KS, four grandchildren: Erik and Ashlyn Schultz, Luke and Keri Sage, her siblings Melissa and Gary Wilcoxson of Ramona, CA, Jill and Ric Donnici of Kansas City, MO, and Mike Ott of Independence, MO, her beloved four-legged companion Sophie and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet ( as Inez was passionate about their program, especially regarding hearing aids.