Inez L. Bias, a beloved wife and mother, died on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. She was 84.
She was born in Philadelphia on March 7, 1935. Educated in the Philadelphia public school system, she was the eighth of ten children.
While residing in South Philadelphia and attending Bok High School in 1952, she met Harold J. Bias. They married and became the parents of six children. Their home was filled with unconditional love and warmth. The family watched movies, made ice cream, went to amusement parks and spent time at family reunions.
Bias was baptized in the Episcopalian faith. She lost her mother at an early age in life. Her family said this is where her resourceful character allowed her to mature and manage a successful life.
“She had an extroverted personality that could/would captivate any room she entered,” her family said in a tribute.
In 1960, after her youngest child started school, Bias began her work career. She worked for 10 years as a supervisor in the retail business and then moved into one of her favorite pastimes working as a seamstress for a few years.
Bias entered her work profession in the School District of Philadelphia, working with children and helping to foster good character that would benefit the children throughout life. She mentored and influenced untold numbers, giving pearls of wisdom from her life experiences as a mother/matriarch of her family.
She and Harold were married for 67 years. They traveled to many continents and adventured on six cruises. She and her husband enjoyed the excitement of the Las Vegas atmosphere and the splendor of the New York life.
Bias’ passion for traveling exposed her children to memorable explorations. Vacations with Bias, her husband and their children were spent in Atlantic City, New Jersey followed by New York. In 1964, she and Harold and their six children went to the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. The family’s New York vacations consisted of days strolling through Central Park, climbing their favorite rock, canoeing and riding on the carousel. They visited the Village and explored Washington Square Park, seeing hippies and listening to jazz renditions. In 1971, the family traveled to Canada.
She is survived by: her children, Lorraine, Richard, Harold (Crystal), Rochelle, Charmaine (Steve) and Gregory (Lori); nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Oct. 16 at Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive. A time of remembrance will be held at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Westminster Cemetery.
Terry Funeral Home handled the arrangements.