Linda Lou Greenlee, age 70, of Morada, California, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2013 in Lodi, California. After bravely and successfully battling numerous health issues, God decided it was time for Linda to rest. |
Linda was born in San Francisco, California on June 27, 1943. In 1949 Linda's family moved to Lodi, California. The city girl became a country girl and went on to live the rest of her life in San Joaquin County. Growing up as child in Lodi, Linda loved to swim in the irrigation canals. She and her sister Betty enjoyed sleeping outside on army cots under the grape arbors and awakening to chickens at the foot of their cots. The two sisters found this very amusing.
After graduating from Lodi Union High School in 1960, Linda went on to beauty school and became a licensed beautician. In 1963 she married James Ray Crowe. They had one son, Mark. In the early 1970's Linda went to work as a legal secretary for a Lodi law firm and worked for this same firm for almost 30 years. In the late 1970's Linda was instrumental in the creation of the Lockeford Community Services District. In 1981 she and James divorced.
In 1988 Linda married Jack Allen Greenlee and the two made their home in Morada, California. Jack brought to the marriage a daughter, Karla and a son, Jay. After retiring Linda stayed busy by doing volunteer work for the Lodi Chapter of the Salvation Army and was a member of the Advisory Board. This included writing grant applications for funding; assisting people deal with life challenges such as locating and obtaining documents from various governmental agencies and as well as instilling hope, dignity and self-confidence in individuals so they are able to lead productive and independent lives.
Linda was a great cook and loved to cook. She enjoyed good food as well. Perhaps the accomplishment which she was most proud of was the Culinary Arts Training Program at Hope Harbor offered by the Lodi Salvation Army. Linda was again instrumental in designing and implementing this program. She was able to obtain assistance, for the program, from local restaurateurs and culinary experts. Students who successfully completed the program were offered employment with local restaurants.
Linda was a people person in the truest sense of the word. She could meet a total stranger and soon they would be conversing like old friends. Linda had the gift of bringing out the best in people. She truly loved helping individuals in need and contributing, in some way or another, to whatever community she was a part of. Linda was humble yet self-assured in the way she helped others and contributed to the communities in which she lived.
Linda is survived by her husband, Jack Allen Greenlee; a son Mark W. Crowe; a step-son Jay A. Greenlee, his wife, Cassandra and their two sons, Jaycob and Zackerey; a sister, Betty Taylor and her husband Norm; a brother, Edwin Curtis Perman; a niece, Arleen Pelster and her husband Nick, and many, many other family, friends, and both personal and professional acquaintances. She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Edwin and Adelia Perman, and her step-daughter, Karla Greenlee.
Graveside services will be at 12:00 pm Friday, October 18, 2013 at Cherokee Memorial Park, Hwy 99 & Harney Ln., Lodi, California. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Linda's name to the Salvation Army of Lodi, 525 w. Lockeford St, Lodi, CA 95240. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cherokeememorial.com.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23, 2013