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Linda Sillitoe 1948 ~ 2010 OGDEN - Linda Sillitoe left this life on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, following a long illness.She was named Linda Dianne by her parents, Robert E. and Phyllis Liddle Buhler, and born on July 31, 1948 in Salt Lake City. Already an award-winning writer, she graduated with honors from South High School and from the University of Utah. In 1968 she married John R. Sillito (spelling difference intentional); they had three children and resided chiefly in Salt Lake City and later in Ogden. Linda published eight books ranging from journalism and history to fiction and poems. As a staff writer and news feature editor for the Deseret News and Utah Holiday magazine respectively, she received several professional awards, and her articles and series also appeared in The New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dialogue, Utah Business, Sunstone, City Weekly and the Salt Lake City Observer. She edited book manuscripts for several regional presses, served as poetry editor for Dialogue and Exponent II and participated on several arts, health or community boards, including a statewide advocacy and support group in Southern Arizona, where she also resided for a time. She taught college writing and journalism at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College and Weber State University and was most recently public outreach coordinator for the Stewart Library at WSU, creating historical "little books" and photographic exhibits. She also followed a reporting assignment into a multi-faceted interest in native tribes and cultures, writing in several genres and co-producing an award-winning documentary. Linda was devoted to a large family in addition to dear and diverse friends. She is survived by her husband; her children, Melissa (Portland, OR); Rob (Amy, Naperville, IL); and Cynthia (South Ogden); grandchildren Grace and Zachary; by her siblings, Douglas (Jaydene), Taylorsville; David (Lori), Salt Lake City; Kathy Ballard (Brian), West Valley City; Janean Justham (Paul), Salt Lake City; Stephen (Maria), West Valley City; and Annette Andrus (Wayne), Rosamond, CA; three brothers-in-law, Kevin (Karoll), West Valley City; Jeffry, Salt Lake City; and Douglass Taber, Newark, DE; and a wealth of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Susan Taber, a niece and a nephew, her in-laws and several cherished friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Association of America, Inc., P. O. Box 220398, Charlotte, NC, 28222. At Linda's request, a private service was held for family. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Funeral Directors, Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary. Send condolences to the family at:

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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Apr. 11, 2010.
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May 3, 2010

I just heard of Linda's passing and I am so sorry. I was surprised. To lose two sisters in so short a period of time is difficult to deal with.

I am glad that I got to visit with Linda a little at Susan's funeral.

I remember Linda, and you, and Susan and those wonderful days at South. I can still picture you all on the "Scribe" staff--the interesting debates and discussions, the creative work that you all produced.

I can still picture you and Linda in those early days as you grew in your friendship that has been a lifelong love.

Linda was so gifted in writing and she left a legacy. I have watched over the years as Linda's, your, and Susan's names came up for your many contributions. I have a teacher's pride in you all and also a love for you. I appreciate the many years of friendship, which I am sure will continue over the next years.

Give Linda's and your children my heart-felt condolences.

I will get in touch with you soon.

Linda Hunter Adams, Salt Lake City, Utah
April 26, 2010
Has a date been set for a memorial service for Linda? I would like to attend. I have many fond memories of Linda going back to the 1950's and Liberty Ward to the Research project the Minority Human Services Task Force undertook and Linda wrote the report "Utahns At Risk" in 1990. She was a gifted writer and wonderful person. She will be missed.
Marva Davis
Marva Davis
April 14, 2010
A woman for all seasons.

Thanks, Linda, John, and family for
sharing so much of yourselves, writing,
humor, warmth, and challenging minds.

" strive, to seek, to find
and never to yield." (Tennyson)
Teddie Wood
April 14, 2010
John,...I am very sad to hear of Linda's Passing. Both of you are apart of my best memories at South High. My prayers are with both of you, and your family. If I can be of help to you please email me at

Stay Strong...Joe Trujillo
April 13, 2010
Linda was an "old soul", always brilliant, thoughtful and wise beyond her years. She had so much to offer. I treasure the days we double dated. I have always been proud to say I know her. My heart goes out to her family at this most difficult time.
Becky Pierce Simmons
April 13, 2010
Dear John, I was so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. I remember her from your time in the Church History Department. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May the happy times you shared with Linda sustain you in the future. Take care.
Kathy Cardon
April 13, 2010
Melissa, Rob, and Cynthia,
I was so sorry to learn of the loss of your mother. I enjoyed her writing, particularly The Salamander Letters. She was such a supportvie mom to you. I remember her asking us questions that would make us think. She will be missed. My thoughts aand prayers are with you and your family.
Tuesday Allred
April 13, 2010
Steve and Maria,
We were so sorry to see the notice of the passing of Steve's sister, Linda. And so soon after losing another sibling. Obviously she was a gifted journalist and writer. I remember reading a history book about Utah where John and Linda were the authors or contributed much of the information. It was well done.
We express our deepest sympathies and pray your family will be blessed with the comfort you need.
Dennis and Jackie Adams
Dennis & Jackie Adams
April 12, 2010
I was very sorry to hear of Linda's passing and want to send best wishes to her family. She was very bright and a great inspiration at Utah Holiday, where we sometimes worked together.
Jean Bucher
Jean Bucher
April 12, 2010

Allen and I were out of the country when we heard of Linda's death. So shocked, so sad. My memories of Linda go back to her high school debate days. I remember a wonderful summer spent at Brighton. My sisters and I would hike and then lay in the sun while Linda or Mary Jo would read to us. I remember how much she missed you, John. She knew then she wanted to be a writer: Her depth and her passion were obvious and inspiring. I remember attending your wedding reception and thinking what a brilliant couple you made.

I remember running into you one or two summers ago and hearing you tell me how important she was to you. It was so clear how much you loved her. What a huge loss. Please know we are thinking of you.

Please let us know about the memorial service.
Martha Pierce
Allen Roberts
Martha Pierce
April 12, 2010
Sorry to hear of Linda's passing. We lived in the same ward in Sugarhouse and was always awed by her talent. Gloria Hake
Gloria Hake
April 11, 2010
Linda was brilliant. I will always remember her knowledge, expertise, insight and talent when she served as my editor at Utah Holiday. I remember a fellow journalist referring to her as a "diamond among dewdrops." My thoughts and ocndolences are with you in your loss.

Carolyn Campbell
April 11, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Debra Bradshaw
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