Linda Shelley Whiting, 58, a beloved wife, mother and Mormon writer, died Sept. 25, 2006, after a long illness. The Phoenix resident was born Sept. 20, 1948, in Evanston, Ill., and was raised in Mesa, the daughter of Dr. George and Theda Shelley. At age 11, she wrote a school paper on what she wanted to be when she grew up. She already knew. The title read "Why I want to be a writer." In 1970, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in journalism then served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colorado and New Mexico. Later she published her first freelance historical feature. More followed through the years. In 2003, her first book was published, "David W. Patten, Apostle and Martyr," a biography of an early Mormon leader. She also co-authored other books. A book of her poetry is in the works. In September 1973, she and her husband, Brent Whiting, were married. She is survived by her husband and their six children, Wendy Cassity, Valerie Ritz, Roger, Carrie, Shelley and Beth, as well as seven siblings, Donald, Marla, Raelene and Mark Shelley, Helen Bang, Mignon Crosby and Mark Adams; and a large extended family. She served faithfully in many church callings, including a ward Relief Society president and family history worker. A memorial service is set for 9:00 am Friday, Sept. 29, at the LDS Church, 15016 N. 39th Ave. Phoenix. Arrangements handled by Phoenix Memorial Park.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Sep. 27, 2006.