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Linda Mitchell (formerly Watkins), born
January 17, 1959 in Sacramento, CA, died at 53 of acute respiratory failure on December 24, 2012 in Woodbridge, VA. Raised in Hacienda Heights, CA, Linda graduated from Glen A. Wilson H.S., class of 1976. At 17, she joined the U.S.A.F. and was trained as a Russian interpreter at the Monterey Language Institute in CA. She served during the Cold War years at the former Chicksands AFB in England. Linda became a gov't procurement specialist at the NWAS China Lake, Ridgecrest, CA. She later became a Project Mgr for the U.S. Dept. of Energy (1994-2007) specializing in the decommissioning of nuclear facilities at the Mound in Miamisburg, OH and Richland, WA. Linda received her B.S. in Mgmt from Park Univ. and became a Sr. Consultant & Trainer/Coach for: Integrated Federal Solutions, ASI Government and Management Concepts located in the D.C. area. Linda was a 20+ year survivor of breast cancer. She enjoyed making crafts, sewing, seeing the irony in situations, and giving her time and thoughtful gifts to others. She is survived by her mother, Beverly Mitchell, her children, Robert Mitchell and Erin Watkins, her 4 sisters, Laura Caldarone, Amy Mitchell, Meg Mitchell and Maree Mitchell, her nieces and nephews (Adam, Alexis and Devin), her many closely-regarded East Coast aunt/cousins (Ellen, Debbie, Betsy, Cindy, John, Christy, Beverly, Robin, Matt and Julie) and her long-time friend, Bob Tews. She was loved and will be missed. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, January 19, 2013, 2:00PM-5:00PM, at a location in Fontana, CA.
For info or to rsvp, contact: Laura (Cal) Caldarone email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either one of Linda's favorite charities: (1) support our veterans at http://soldiersangels.org/donate.html or to the medical center that took such awesome care of her (2)
Sentara Health Foundation at http://www.sentara.com/AboutSentara/Foundation/Pages/Foundation.aspx
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 4, 2013