Linda Susan Balliet Wickwire

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July 30, 1948 – August 14, 2018

Linda Susan Balliet Wickwire, 70, passed away Aug. 14, 2018 in Grants Pass, Oregon.

She was born in Portland, Oregon on July 30, 1948 to Herbert and Marian (née Dolle) Balliet. With her brother Steve, the young family soon moved to Washington state in the early 1950s, pioneering a homestead in the newly irrigated central Washington desert between the towns of Moses Lake and Ephrata. Despite the isolated, stark prairie setting, Linda thrived with her family on the frontier farm. She treasured visits from aunts, uncles and cousins from California and North Dakota and especially delighted in the care of the pets, horses, sheep and other domesticated animals on their commercial wheat and alfalfa farm.

Linda had uncommon beauty befitting her name and a kind, gracious charm. She was also highly competitive from a young age, collecting many trophies and ribbons in animal husbandry, horse riding, 4H and other sport competitions. She graduated from Moses Lake High School in 1966, then attended Central Washington State University in Ellensburg, Washington, graduating with a degree in Education. She then taught first grade in Soap Lake, Washington.

Linda married Michael Wickwire in Lake Tahoe (Incline), Nevada in 1977. They lived in the San Francisco area where Linda worked in insurance underwriting and enjoyed visiting with her California aunts and cousins, participating in many outdoor activities across northern California and spoiling her many pets. Daughters Michelle and Stacey were born in Greenbrae, California before the family moved to Kingwood, Texas (near Houston) in 1985. Linda loved family, the outdoors, music, art, adventure, and profoundly, domestic and wild animals.

Linda is predeceased by her parents and her brother Steve Balliet. Linda is survived by her daughters Michelle Dusing (Nate) of Dripping Springs, Texas, and Stacey Thornton (Scott) of Driftwood, Texas; grandchildren Lyla and Eva Dusing and Zoey and Bryce Thornton; nephews Zachary Balliet of Moses Lake and Jamie Balliet of Warden and sister-in-law Penny Balliet of Moses Lake.

Linda will be remembered for her compassion, love of family and adventuresome spirit.

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