Linda M. Ilse

Linda M. Ilse Linda M. Ilse, 60, passed away Feb. 1, 2013, in Bangor, Maine. She was born June 15, 1952, in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of James Dickson and Marie "Cis" Ilse. Linda grew up in California and Texas. She graduated from El Campo High School and attended the University of Texas. Before completing her education she was employed by AT&T as a line person in Bastrop County for several years. When she returned to school she received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in Kingsville, her Master's Degree from the University of Maine and her Doctorate from Oklahoma State. For several years Linda served as an adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. She joined the Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Maine in 2008 and had since acquired the role of research assistant professor. Her previous research allowed her to work with a variety of mammals including whales, wolves, deer, caribou and coyotes. Her current research involved studying porcupines on Schoodic Peninsula in Acadia National Park, where she became known as "Woman Who Walks With Porcupines." Linda was a licensed pilot, a master diver and a member of the Burlington, Maine Volunteer Fire Department. She was an avid organic gardener and volunteered at the local food cupboard. Her volunteer efforts included the creation of a garden for the residents of Lincoln Manor in Maine and she was very involved in fundraising efforts for ALS. Some of her favorite pastimes included bird watching, paddling, hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and watching pro tennis tournaments. She is survived by two sister, Susan Ilse Littlejohn of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Carolyn Ilse Burklund and her husband, Hollis, of San Marcos, Texas; a brother, Kurt Ilse and his wife, Lileette, of El Campo, Texas; nieces and nephews, Hillary Littlejohn Scurtis, Elizabeth Littlejohn, Neal Littlejohn, Nathan Littlejohn, Hunter Waltz, Anne Marie Esman, Max Esman, Keenan Ilse, and Kade Ilse; an uncle and aunt Rod and Elsie Ilse, and her cat, Allie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased in death by her sister, Gretchen Ilse Waltz. There will be a gathering of family and friends for an outdoor celebration of Linda's life on Saturday, the 23rd day of February at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Craig and Martha Barras, 175 Ponderosa Rd., Bastrop, TX 78602. Dress is "Linda Casual," jeans and t-shirts welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to www.ThreadsofHopetx.Org

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 15, 2013