Linda Christine Borbridge (1953 - 2015)

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Linda Christine Borbridge, born August 28, 1953 to Emma and John Borbridge Jr., passed away August 3, 2015 at Providence Care Center in Anchorage, surrounded by family members. She is remembered for her love of life and how she made the world a brighter place for those she encountered.
Linda was raised in Sitka, Alaska where she considered the town her "back yard," growing up on the Sheldon Jackson High School campus. At the age of 7, she moved with her family to Juneau where she attended grade school and junior high. During that time she would help her mother with the children she babysat, reading and organizing games after school. It was her curiosity about the world that helped her connect with young people throughout her life
Linda and her family moved to Anchorage in 1967 where she attended junior high. She later returned to Juneau with her family, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1972. Following graduation Linda entered the work world. She worked for the Social Services Division, Tlingit and Haida Central Council and later, ARCO in Anchorage.
In 1975 Linda gave birth to her daughter Violet Dawn Hardage. Her birth was a blessing to her mother and to her family.
Moving back to Juneau she worked for several legislators, including Senator John Sackett, Senator Frank Ferguson, Rep. Adelheid Hermann and Rep. Max Gruenberg. She is remembered for her strong organizational skills and her exceptional proficiency with the ever-changing world of office technology. Linda enjoyed traveling to Seattle and to California between legislative sessions. Yet, she was most at home, and at peace, commercial fishing with her family in Naknek (Bristol Bay). She spent time between tides reading, drawing, and writing poetry. She also enjoyed walking on the shores of the Bering Sea in search of interesting rocks, some of which surround the Borbridge cabin.
Linda was later employed as a Tax Technician for the Tax Division, Department of Revenue. She worked on cigarette and alcohol taxes, later moving on to mining taxes. She particularly enjoyed fielding questions from miners throughout Alaska and developing outreach brochures for their use, putting to good use her love of graphic arts.
While working in Anchorage, Linda was struck with an illness that was serious in nature. Rather than succumb to this illness she moved to Juneau to recover, surrounded by family and amazing them with her strong commitment to live a full life. After moving back to Anchorage, she was later diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She is not remembered for her illness but rather how she chose to fight for life, extending her life beyond what the medical establishment had predicted. She loved singing and compiling her playlists which brought beauty into her life.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Violet Dawn Hardage, mother Emma Borbridge, and siblings Charles Borbridge and Sandra Borbridge, her nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brother John Edward Borbridge and father John Borbridge, Jr
A memorial service for Linda had been planned for early September 2015 but delayed to a later date due to her father's illness. They had a close relationship and he did not want to miss saying goodby to her. It seems fitting for them to begin their transition from this life in a joint memorial service for both. It was scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. at Northern Lights United Church in Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 22 to June 21, 2016