Linda Caroline Wakeham

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Linda Caroline Wakeham September 30th -1947 to August 3 - 2015

After a secret battle with liver cancer.

Linda really only had one competitor when it came to lighting up the room and that was the sun. Glamorous and statuesque and gifted with the body of a warrior princess, in another age, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, would have had our auburn-haired Linda proudly at her side.

Artistic and talented and armed with deadly wit and charm, no door was ever barred against her. Her dress and sense of incredible style added to her dazzling ability to turn tedium into mayhem into decorum and make it all just part of her scene. For her, every gathering was to be a Mardi Gras.

Although she could sell just about anything, it was really art that called to her. She left her own successful cosmetic company to pursue an art degree at Emily Carr and later earned her BA in art therapy.

Unfortunately, all her grace started to imperceptibly fade when she was first prescribed anti-depressants to help her deal with the accidental death of her fiancé, 27 long years ago. Before they took their deadly toll, her daily dosage reaching far past what was normal even for those under the care of a veterinarian, she suffered a plethora of side effects. And so came the myriad dosages of even more medications to treat them. The cumulative effect started to rob her of so many joys that the bright light that she was started to sadly dim.

Many who loved her could not understand the changes nor convince her that she needed to stop this mind-numbing regimen, that ultimately it would destroy her liver. But she had a more important calling, she had her mother to care for, a many-years-long vigil. And losing mom took a heavy toll.

Even worse, she thought she was beyond our immediate and extended family's love and so chose to let the cancer take her away in her sleep alone. How tragic in that we all would have been there in a heartbeat, for she was so much an integral and tribal part of us that we lament both her loss and the opportunity to say goodbye to her.

Instead of donations to a charity, please spend some time learning about the dangers in psychotropics and save those you love, if not yourself, from the chemical cocktails which while purporting to be making you feel better, or keeping you alive, are in reality shortening your life. Then come and join us as her family holds a memorial at noon on October 4th at St. Georges Sr. School Campus, 4175 West 29th Avenue.

Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Sept. 12, 2015
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