Linda Diane (Smith) Bedal (1941 - 2018)

Obituary
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  • "Amy,I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mother."
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Linda Diane Bedal lost her battle with cancer on February 27, 2018.

Linda was born to parents James H. Smith Jr. and Eva Maxine Smith on December 10, 1941 during a WWII blackout in Hollywood, California just three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. She grew up alongside her younger brother, Jan Keith Smith, in Sherman Oaks and Canoga Park. She graduated from Canoga Park High School and received a B.A. from Northridge College (now CSUN). After college, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a graphic artist. She won several awards for her designs of textbook covers for Stanford University Press.

She returned to Southern California in 1969 to become a wife and mother. She and her husband, Robert, settled first in Thousand Oaks and later Simi Valley where she assisted him in his construction business. Later, when her daughter was of school-age, she returned to the workforce, designing and selling advertising copy for the Simi Valley PennySaver.

In 1982, as a divorced and single mother, she moved to Ventura, California where she became a sales representative for the Ventura Star-Free Press. In 1988, she followed her daughter, Amy, to Northern California where she worked for the Daily Republic in Fairfield.

In 1994, she moved to Alaska, again to be closer to her daughter. She worked and lived in both Juneau and Anchorage. In Juneau, she worked for KJNO radio where she became involved in community service –serving on both the Chamber of Commerce and with the March of Dimes. In Anchorage, she worked for the GreatLander, an advertiser sheet focused on the needs of Bush Alaska. Linda was a very social, kind, and ethical person making her a favorite of both her co-workers and her clients. Over the years, she served as a caregiver to her daughter, her brother, and her father all while supporting herself on commission sales.

In 2013, she relocated once again, this time from Anchorage to Honolulu to live with her daughter and enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Sadly, she spent the last two years of her life battling an especially aggressive form of lymphoma. Many at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance knew her for her strength and joyous countenance-often being mistaken for a caregiver instead of a patient. She is survived by her only child, Amy Sharron Bedal of Honolulu, Hawaii, and is buried at Ivy Lawn Cemetery in Ventura, California. For more information, please feel free to contact the family at [email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected]
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 1 to Apr. 30, 2018
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