Linda Louise (Big Joe) Luke was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Feb. 16, 1948, to Rocker and Mary (Ouelette) Big Joe Sr. Linda went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2021, peacefully with her loving husband and family by her side in Fairbanks
Linda's family was from the Nenana and Ruby areas. Linda was a very proud Athabascan woman and a shareholder of both Doyon, Ltd. and Toghotthele.
Linda grew up and lived in Fairbanks but spent many summers in fish camp and moose hunting in the fall in and around Nenana. She attended school in Fairbanks and Copper Valley. Linda was a woman full of God's grace, shared her faith freely with her friends and family, prayed for many people, and was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks.
She loved her family fiercely, had a hearty laughter, loved anyone and everyone. Linda often referred to her husband as Harry Luke, Linda's Skook.
Linda assisted many people most of her life whether it was in a paying job or in her home to those in need. She was a foster parent who had a big heart for children. She worked as the director of community services at Fairbanks Native Association for several years and was a substance abuse counselor at Women and Children's. She was a cycle breaker who advocated for people and wasn't afraid to address and talk about all types of abuse.
She loved the color turquoise, doing beading, embroidery, and all kinds of arts and crafts, was a proponent for clean and sober living, and modeled that to those around her.
Linda is survived by her husband, Harry L. Luke; brothers, Rocker Big Joe Jr., Steve Big Joel her auntie, Winnie Atwood; sons, Terry, Robert (Stephanie,) Eugene; daughter, Denise (Big Joe) Stearman (Michael,); grandchildren, Robert, Heather, Terrin, Sara, Michael, Andrew, Katie, Breanna and Alyssa; and great-grandchildren, Amaia, Jeramiah, Elijah, Arlowe, Asher, Jaxon, Joel and Michael. Linda is also survived by her good friends who were more like sisters, Beverly Joseph, Doreen Simmonds, BJ Criss, Malinda Chase and dear friend Scott Fisher.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Rocker Big Joe Sr.; her sister, Shirley Crookham; brother(s), John, Gregory and Norman Big Joe; as well as numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Her love and faith will live on in all of us.
Tea is being served until noon Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 1409 27th Ave.
Visitation is 11 a.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, with the funeral at noon at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Burial will follow at Birch Hill Native Cemetery. The potlatch at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall is at 6 p.m.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 13, 2021.