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Linda Gowdy WARD Linda Gowdy Ward died peacefully at Evergreen Hospital, surrounded by family and friends on March 20, 2012. Linda was born July 4, 1946 in Juneau, Alaska to Helen & John Worgum. She attended Juneau-Douglas High School where she was active in drill team, rifle club and student government. Friendships that lasted a lifetime were established through her involvement in Girl Scouting as well as school activities. After HS graduation she attended the University of Puget Sound and pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma where she forged more life long friendships. She distinguished herself by being elected the chapter's first president as well as Student Body Secretary before graduating with a BA in education in 1968. After college she met her then future husband of 23 years, John W. Ward. Linda remained in the Seattle area eventually residing in Redmond, Washington, where she owned and operated her business, Quantum Graphics, a manufacturer of precision custom plastic labels and panels. She had also been a volunteer for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and served on the board of directors of the Northwest Lymphedema Center in Seattle for many years. Linda lived a glorious, active life to the fullest. Her passion for kayaking, photography, traveling, entertaining, cooking, and wholesome foods brought many friends and wonderful experiences into her life as well as the lives of others. She loved the water, it was an extension of her sole and in recent years, she was happiest when kayaking or sailing and breathing the salt air. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious, and what a wonderful thing to catch. Three years a go Linda embarked on the final race of her life with cancer as her challenger. All those involved with her treatment as well as her family and friends admired her tenacity, courage, grace and dignity with which she confronted her opponent. She arrived at the finish line with a "Yahoo", what a ride. She was applauded and featured at the 2011 pancreatic Celebration of Hope Gala. http://www.youtube.com/watch=dTQAm31XJC8. Linda is survived by her sister, Mary Karper of Juneau, AK, Lisa Gowdy of Palmer, AK, Darlene Yeager of Aurora, CO, and brother Dan Gowdy of Juneau, AK. At her request, no services will be held. A gathering to remember and celebrate Linda was held earlier in April. A like celebration will be held in Juneau this summer. Her cremains as well as those of her beloved canine companion, Wally, will be spread in Puget Sound and in Juneau, Alaska. Memorials may be made to .
Published in The Seattle Times on May 9, 2012
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