Kitchen, Linda G.
61, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on March 22, 2014. Linda embraced life in a way few could, and family members all considered it normal behavior until collaborating for this obituary. As one-half of the infamous "Twister Sisters", she spent some of her most exciting times chasing tornadoes, giving interviews to the weather channel, and her passion for storms provided great contributions to the study of severe weather. She was the only woman that could manage her makeup applications seated in a sink. She was the Steve Irwin of bed bug hunting. She experienced the thrill of not just swimming with dolphins, but communicating with them too. She enjoyed skydiving well into her later years, and trick-riding her quarter-horses in her earlier ones. She was perhaps the greatest second-hand shopper in the state that would unknowingly purchase her own donated clothes back from shops. She was the Mom who would wait up until 3:00am to ensure her middle-aged kids would all arrive home safely from evenings out. She would keep a box of Kleenex nearby while watching the Westminster Kennel Show. Linda enjoyed traveling, old movies, animals, winning at the casino, genealogy, singing in the car, rainy days, chocolate, and happy hour. She was adventurous, kind, smart, passionate, funny, and generous. Linda is survived by her beloved high school sweetheart and husband of over 43 years, Michael, her oldest son Michael Jr, youngest son Christopher, and daughter Melody, daughters-in-law Joyce and Jennifer, future son-in-law Brad, eight grandchildren Byron, Sophie, Henry, Amelia, Claire, Addie, and two yet un-named, her brother Bill and two sisters Dixie and Sheryl, childhood best friend Kathy, and friends and family too many to name. "Don't judge a book by its cover" she used to say; her story would fill a thousand pages. Her life will be remembered every day by those who knew her. Linda's life could have been longer in years but never in quality. Services will be held on April 4th at 11:00 am at St. Maria Goretti, 6261 North Granite Reef Road, in Scottsdale.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 30, 2014.