Linda Anderson of Marysville, Washington, slipped away peacefully on the morning of Wednesday, August 10, 2005, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was 55 years old.
Linda Jeanette Anderson
Linda was born in Modesto, California, November 7, 1949. She moved with her family to Hayward, California, as a child, and graduated from Mt. Eden High School. During this time, she met a young Navy seaman, Bob Anderson. He asked Linda if she would write to him. She agreed, and several months later, on June 4, 1966, the pretty 16-year-old and the 21-year-old Navy man were married - a marriage that would last a wonderful 39 years. Along the way, the happy couple had two children, Christi and Bill. Over the years, Linda worked in a small store and in a drapery shop, before finally settling on her calling as a paraeducator in both Modesto and Mukilteo, Washington. During her many years at Bret Harte Elementary in Modesto, California, and Olivia Park Elementary, Lake Stickney Elementary, and Odyssey Elementary in the Mukilteo School District, Linda touched the lives of hundreds of students, staff, and parents. She had an incredible gift for working with children with special needs, and those children who needed someone to believe in them. A woman of varied interests, Linda loved children, gardening, cooking, crafts, smelt raking, and laughing with friends. She was a member of the Striped Bass Club of California, VFW Auxiliary in Ripon, California, Stanwood American Legion Women's Auxiliary, and life member of the DAV Auxiliary. Her greatest love, however, was her family - her children and grandchildren, whom she loved so dearly, and Bob, "the love of my life", with whom she acted as a newlywed after almost 40 years of marriage.
Linda was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, Hunter and Annie Cude; and her special "Dad", Hjalmer Espe; father, Ted Stansbury; and brother, Carl Stansbury.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Christi and Bill; grandchildren, Brandon, Samantha, Christian, and Nicholas; mother, Marie Stansbury; sisters, Loretta Foster, and Brenda "Cookie" (Ray) Velasco; brother, Ron (Laurie) Stansbury; special "sister", Marion (John) Gamble, and another sister, Wanda; numerous aunts and uncles and cousins; and special friends, Ann Jordan, Sherri Cushman, Sheila Eastman, Eva and Bob Gunn, Marge and John Johnson, and many other good friends.
Donations in Linda's name can be made to Odyssey Elementary PTA, to purchase backpacks and school supplies for children in need.
The family would like to invite anyone with memories of Linda to email
A celebration of Linda's life will be held at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, 27001 88th Avenue N.W., Stanwood, Washington. The celebration will be followed by a special reception at the Stanwood American Legion Hal,l across the street from the funeral home.
Linda was a spirited angel who came into our lives for a short time to teach us how to care; how to love with all of your heart; and how to have courage in the face of adversity. She will live in our hearts forever.
Gilbertson Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Stanwood
27001 88th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2005