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Lynne D. Stensrud


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Lynne D. Stensrud Obituary

October 8, 1942 - December 29, 2015 The memory of her beautiful smile endures. Lynne D. Stensrud, born in S.D., CA, passed away peacefully early Tuesday in Paradise Valley, AZ after a 3 year battle with colorectal cancer. Her infectious smile and warm laughter were just two marks of the beautiful person who inspired love from everyone she met. Lynne moved to Seattle in 1945 where she graduated from Highline High in 1960. There, she distinguished herself in art and design and in 1959, was on the H.S. Fashion Board at Frederick & Nelson. This passion for design manifested in everything she did. She made any space elegant and comfortable, and coaxed every garden into one of bursting beauty. She attended Univ. of Washington and then SMU. In 1963, she attended the United Airlines Stewardess School, finishing top of a class of 120. During her UAL career, she supervised flight attendants and spearheaded a placement program of Vietnam refugees. She was based in Newark, NJ and lived in Manhattan on E. 65th Street, where she met her surviving husband of 50 years, Thor. They married in 1966, moved to L.A. in '67 and their daughter, Whitney, was born in 1975. While in L.A., Lynne was involved with LACMA's Art Museum Council and chaired the Art and Architecture fundraising tour. She traveled globally with her family and her female travel group. After the '94 earthquake, the family moved to Phoenix, AZ. There, she continued as "Director of Family Affairs" and dutifully cultivated her roses, prized Texas Ruby Red grapefruits and tended to a migrating population of hummingbirds. In her last weeks she had the great enjoyment of witnessing Whitney's engagement and visualizing the wedding day with her. In keeping with her true fashion, Lynne meticulously planned and participated in Christmas festivities with her entire family. Along with her loving husband and daughter, she is survived by brother Kip, his spouse Gayle; sister Pam, her spouse Pres; and nephew Tyler and niece Cindy. Lynne donated her body to Science Care, and no immediate services are planned. A Celebration of Life will be held within the coming months.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2016
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