Linda Byrd-Lassen Dodge (1960 - 2012)

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Linda Byrd-Lassen Dodge was born on Nov. 18, 1960, in Kennewick, Wash., but spent her early years in Southern California, until age 14, when she moved with her family to Skagway. She moved around a lot while growing up and loved meeting new people. She spent a few years out of state, but returned to Alaska in 1988, settling in Nikiski, where she became a big part of the community.
Linda was a very unique woman. She was a tiny package, with a huge spirit. She loved life and lived each day without reserve, as if it were her last. She never seemed too concerned about the future, but lived only for the moment. She was loyal to the point of fearsomeness! Loved deeply, expressed her feelings immediately and without censorship.
She was never too interested in the material things and was probably not someone you would consider "wealthy," but she inspired charity and would give anyone the shirt off her back.
She adopted anyone who needed her, as friend, sister or mom ... she would take you in and your problems immediately became hers.
She loved being an Alaskan and being part of her community in Nikiski. She was an avid supporter of the High School Drama Department, where she could often be found, with her sewing machine. She also cheered on the wrestling team, choir, youth court and debate team!
She was a story-teller extradonaire! Some she even believed herself!
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister!
Her loss will be felt daily by friends and family alike.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Dodge; daughters Heidi Maloney, Michelle Dodge, Kim Dodge; and son, Tom Lassen. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, Trevor, Noah, Ali and Regan and Landon; two Sisters, Barb Scott and Tammy Mundell, and brother Jon Byrd.
Linda was welcomed into eternity on Tuesday, Aug. 14, by her parents, Tom and Frances Byrd, and grandaughter Riley.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Oct. 4, 2012
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