Friday, March 25, 2011
Dec. 17, 1946 - March 23, 2011
Linda L. Bishop, Milton-Freewater, passed away March 23, 2011, at the Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, at the age of 64 years. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Mike Lusk, PER officiating. Concluding services and interment will be in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Ritualistic services will be conducted by BPOE #2146. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks National Foundation through the funeral home.
Linda was born Dec. 17, 1946, in Spokane, the only child of Floyd and Bertha Aldrich Jackson. She was raised in Lewiston, Idaho, and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1965. She attended the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, Calif., to follow her dreams of being a TV and film actor. Linda came back home to start a family after turning down a seven-year contract with MGM Studios. In 1966, she married Dennis Borton and the couple had two sons. The couple were later divorced. In 1973 she married Quentin Blinn and the couple had a daughter. They lived in Lewiston, Eugene and then settled in Hermiston. They were divorced in 2004.
Linda was quite an artist and an accomplished cartoonist, crafting her own birthday cards for family and friends. She loved to play the piano and delighted her children with The Entertainer. She continued
her love of the arts by acting in the Lewiston Civic Theater and later forming the Unicorn Children's Theater and Stagestruck Theater in Hermiston, where she performed and directed several plays and musical reviews. Linda even dabbled in creating children's stories featuring her grandkids. She worked in the insurance business in Hermiston for several years, finally obtaining her insurance agent's license and
forming her own insurance office with Farmers. She was very involved with Little League Baseball in Hermiston in the 1970s and 1980s, serving as secretary and president. Prior to moving to Milton-Freewater in 2004, she was very active in the Milton-Freewater
Elks Lodge, becoming the Exalted Ruler in 2002 to 2003. After moving to Milton-Freewater in 2004, she became the first female district deputy in the state of Oregon in 2006 to 2007. Linda continued to be
active in the Elks organization and local charitable events until her death.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Ingrid Blinn of Lewiston, and Todd and Lynne Blinn of Tualatin, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Josh Williams of Umatilla; her companion, David Snowden of Milton-Freewater; grandchildren, Cameron, Savannah and Piper Blinn of Lewiston, Dillon and Carson Blinn of Tualatin, and Maverick, Emily and Alec Williams of Umatilla. Linda was preceded in death by her father and step-mother, Floyd and Caroline Jackson; and her mother and step-father, Bertha and Thurston Coons.