Linda Jean Death Scudder, 61, died unexpectedly in the late afternoon of June 17, 2021, in Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Walnut Creek. California. Linda was born on August 17, 1959, in Stuttgart, Germany to Richard Clyde Death and Geneal Cazier Death. Linda grew up in Salinas, California with her two sisters Marsha Purves and Kathlene Susan O’Brien. Linda attended Sacrament State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master’s in Early Childhood Education. She was employed until her passing at KidZCommunity in Auburn, California. Linda married Mark White in 1981 and moved to Redding California. Linda and Mark were later divorced. In 2003 Linda met John Anderson Scudder III and they fell in love. John and Linda were married in 2004 and lived happily together for 17 years until his passing in September of 2020. Linda was passionate about her family, animals, and work. She loved her family, especially her stepchildren John and Coni Scudder and grandchildren, John Charles Scudder, Bradley Bryan Scudder, and Autumn Ormrod. She also loved her daughter-in-law, Lora Jane Scudder. Her summers were full of fun family swim parties and BBQ’s. Linda’s dearest friends were her sisters, Marsha and Kathy. They would often have “sister’s day” and go on shopping trips and overnight retreats. Linda loved animals. Her first pet was a Dachshund named “Penny”. Later she owned a horse named “Sunny”, and her current love is her black cat, “Jona”. Just prior to her turn of health she had started volunteering at a shelter for endangered animals. Linda was a people person. Friends have frequently mentioned they never heard Linda say a negative word about anyone, and that she always had a smile on her face. Linda loved her profession and those she worked with. She would often say they were her second family. Linda worked in Family Engagement Services which serves the nation’s most vulnerable children and families. Linda’s home was beautiful and unique; filled with treasures that were arranged and presented in a manner that
made you stop and ask how she could transform an ordinary object into art. It was one of her gifts that made Linda special. Linda’s desire was to be cremated and her ashes kept next to John. Linda’s cat, Jona, brought her great joy. Because of her love for Jona, Linda would ask you to donate to your
local animal rescue foundation in lieu of buying flowers. Linda’s funeral will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11:30 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1876 South Auburn Street, Colfax, CA 95713.
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