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74, passed away August 11, 2018 in St. Petersburg, FL. Born December 12, 1943 in Fairmont, WV, Linda attended Fairmont High School and continued her education at Fairmont State College, graduating with a BA in Art. In addition to post-graduate studies in Art at Kent State and West Virginia Universities, Linda worked as an art teacher in the Ohio school system, and lived in various places, including Honolulu, HI, where she was an interior decorator. Linda moved to St. Petersburg in 1973 and worked at GTE, Haslam's Bookstore, and the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), before retiring from the newspaper's library as a data base editor. Naturally curious, Linda enjoyed learning about the world through reading and traveling. She was also an artistic person who engaged in many creative pursuits, especially sewing and quilting. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Ralph W. and Eloise Byrd Villinger, and is survived by her brother, Rev. Fredric W. Villinger and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Allen-Villinger; niece, Binti Villinger; and nephew, Douglass Villinger, his wife, Naoko Villinger, and their son, Kaito Villinger. The family wishes to express its appreciation to the staff at Westminster Suncoast retirement community, where Linda happily spent the last decade of her life. There will be a Celebration of Life at Westminster Suncoast, 1095 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg, Monday, September 24, 2018 at 10 am in the main building (the mid-rise). In lieu of flowers, Linda requested that friends and family honor her memory by supporting their favorite charity, or with a donation to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation or the Westminster Suncoast Foundation. Linda will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 16, 2018