Linda Garrett, 49, died of natural causes, on Friday, June 12, 2020 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Baker City, Oregon. A Celebration of Linda's Life and Family Gathering will take place at a later date.
Linda Dee was born, along with her twin brother Vic on October 26, 1970 to James and Salina Church in Denver, Colorado. She spent most of her early years in Star, Idaho. At the age of 16, the family moved to Halfway, Oregon. Most of her adult years she lived in Boise and Grandview, Idaho and most recently of Baker City, Oregon.
Linda was a loving mother , daughter, sister, and friend. She was kind and giving to all that knew her and even those who didn't. Her smile could melt the coldest of hearts and fill it with a warmth you could never imagine. Her sense of humor and laugh were contagious, a silly look or joke would have you laughing so hard you would be crying. She was stubborn as a mule and just as hard headed at times, but that is what made her the beautiful person she was. The masterpieces of her life was each and every one of her beautiful children. She loved them so and talked about them all the time. Linda had a passion and talent for drawing, dragonflies being a favorite. She also loved doing hair and make-up and had plans to go and finish her beauty degree. Linda was a beautiful soul who held onto her belief in God to carry her through this life and into His loving arms until we meet again. She will forever be the love and laughter in our hearts.
A favorite saying of Linda's was "day 1 or 1 day" or "I Love Your Face." A special poem that she and her daughter Rosemary loved was "To Those I Love and Those who love me"
When I am gone, release me. Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears, Be
happy, we had so many years.
I gave you my love and you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown
But now it's time I traveled alone.
So grieve a while for me if grieve you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless those memories in your heart.
I won't be far away for life goes on
So if you need me , call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
with all my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and "Welcome You
She was preceded in death by her grandparents; sister Angela Church and granddaughter Lily Garrett.
Linda is survived by her children Rosemary Garrett and family, T.J. and Michelle (Berry) Garrett and children Sylus and McKenzie, Levi Nanney all of Boise, Idaho and Michael Nanney of Grandview, Idaho, Ellis Ivan Nanney Jr.; parents Jim and Salina Church of Richland, Oregon; brothers Thomas and his wife Kenna Church of Boise, Idaho and Victor and his wife Rhonda Church of Cascade, Idaho; longtime companion Ellis Ivan Nanney Sr.; many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and special friends.
For those who would like to make a memorial donation in memory of Linda, may do so to the charity of your choice through Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services PO Box 543 Halfway, Oregon 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com
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