Linda L. SVOBODA (1943 - 2018)

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SVOBODA, Linda L.

Linda Lois Billow was born the youngest daughter of Lyle and Faye Billow on September 25, 1943, in Nezperce, Idaho. She completed a Bachelor's degree at University of Idaho, earning her teaching certification. Linda's teach- ing career was interrupted by a handsome soldier just returning from Vietnam; Jim Svoboda swept Linda off her feet, and they were married on June 4, 1966. Shortly before completing her studies at EWU, Jim and Linda welcomed their first daughter, Marchauna in 1969. Another precious daughter, Nicole, arrived in 1972, and their family was complete with the addition of a third daughter, Tamara, in 1975. More than anything, Linda loved Jesus. That love for Jesus showed in her commitment to her marriage, in spite of the challenges of Jim's combat related trauma. That love showed in her devotion to her daughters, leaving school to focus on mothering, and in finishing what she stared, completing her MA in Psychology from Whitworth once her daughters were grown. That love also showed in her faithful service of more than 40 years at South Hill Bible Church, as well as her service to others, both inside and outside her faith community; feeding strangers, caroling to neighbors, encouraging whoever God brought across her path, walking with people through grief and heartache. Linda's earthly journey was completed on August 6, 2018, exactly two months after her diagnoses with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Nicole. She leaves behind her brother, Dave Billow, her husband of 52 years, Jim, and two daughters, Marchauna Rodgers and Tamara Kranick, as well as seven granddaughters and four grandsons A memorial fund has been set up at Spokane Teachers Credit Union; the Linda Svoboda Teacher Support Memorial Fund. The monies donated to this memorial fund will be used to help further the education of teachers in Uganda who are part of the network supported by Medical Assistance & Missional Outreach. Donations can be made online at www.mamouganda.org/donate. Be sure to put "Memorial Fund" on the memo line. Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 1pm at South Hill Bible Church, 958 E. 29th Ave. Reception to follow. Private Interment at the WA State Veterans Cemetery. Please visit Linda's page at hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 12, 2018