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Linda McPherson, 69, died of injuries sustained in a March 2014 mudslide in Oso, Wash.
When Linda McPherson helped Sno-Isle Libraries design a new branch library for Darrington, she insisted on a big window with a view of Whitehorse Mountain. McPherson grew up on an Oso dairy farm whose pastures stretched down to the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
She earned a degree from the University of Washington in oceanography and worked as an oceanographer for 10 years, but when it was time to start a family, she and husband Gary "Mac" McPherson, returned to Darrington and bought land from her parents where they built a house. The two were in the living room when the slide hit. Battered, he survived.
After living in the same mountain community all her life, McPherson likely wouldn't have moved away, even if the danger of a slide were fully known, her daughter said. "She loved the land. That was her home. She was never going to leave."
Courtesy of The Seattle Times