Inez Elaine Mattiazzi Moreno, a lifetime resident of Weed, California, passed away in her home on November 8, 2017.
She was born in Weed to Antonio and Mary Mattiazzi on October 26, 1932. She graduated from Weed High School in 1950 as the class valedictorian, sharing honors with Bertilla Boffo Dawson.
She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Chico State University in 1954, obtaining a teaching credential soon after.
She taught in Mount Shasta for four years before transferring to Weed Elementary, where she served out her 38 year career as a third grade teacher. She took each student under her wing as if they were her own, and touched many lives and generations in the community.
On August 7, 1954, Inez married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Joe Moreno. They had three children, and Inez managed to balance a successful career with a deeply traditional family home. She loved and excelled in cooking and nurtured her family with delicious home cooked meals every night.
Family and the “old country” traditions of her Italian parents were of utmost priority. Her Catholic faith sustained her and those around her. She had a depth of integrity and strength of character that was immediately obvious to anyone that met her.
She was an avid reader throughout her life and loved teaching reading to all her students. In her retirement, she took up quilting and embroidery and gifted her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews with lovely heirlooms. She loved nature, children and animals.
Inez is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joe Moreno; her three children: Deborah Moreno of Boulder Creek, California, William Moreno and his wife Teresa of Weed, California, and Susan Moreno of Redding, California; her sister, Agatha Nord of Eureka, California; grandsons: Justin Lake, and Levi Miller and his partner Maddie; and great-grandchildren Tia and Rowan Moreno.
Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church at 1051 N. Davis Avenue in Weed, California on Saturday, November 18 at 10 a.m. with reception following.
If desired, donations may be made to Holy Family Church as masses or direct donations.