Linda Lou Jennings, age 64, of Caldwell, passed away peacefully, Friday, June 5, 2009, at the Payette Care Center after a nearly year-long courageous fight with cancer. A visitation for family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. today, June 9, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Interment will follow at Park View Cemetery, New Plymouth. Condolences may be made to the family at www.shaffer-jensenchapel.com
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Linda was born to Wesley L. and Mildred E. Jennings on Aug. 11, 1944, in Palmer, Neb., and moved with her family to Idaho at the age of 8. She grew up on a small farm in New Plymouth and graduated from high school in 1962. She then attended and graduated from Beauty School. She met her lifelong friend Dee while learning this occupation. After working as a beautician, she later went to work for J.R. Simplot in Caldwell and worked many years in the lab testing the finished potato products. She then worked for the State of Idaho as a bookkeeper and the last many years of her working life was with the Southwest Idaho Housing Authority in Nampa as a bookkeeper.
She had a talent for crafting and was very artistic, making many beautiful gifts for her loved ones over the years. She was very organized and on top of her affairs. She was a lifelong member of the NAACP and a protector and proponent of the down trodden and any discriminated class of people. She had a special connection to the Native American Indians and highly valued their heritage and history.
It was her choice to never marry but she had many beaus and admirers over the years.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, an older sister Gwenneth Hutton, a nephew Tim Jennings, and her companion and soulmate, Zeke Palacios.
She is survived by her brothers, Ron (Mary) and Dave (Jeanne) Jennings, both of Fruitland, many special nieces and nephews, her very good friends Dee Ross and Pam Henderson, and Peanut her loving little dog and camping companion.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity or 2nd Chance Animal Shelter, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 9, 2009