Linda L. Waite |

Linda L. Waite

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Linda Lou Waite passed away on Dec. 7, 2009 at Hospice Palliative Care in Grand Junction surrounded by her loving family.

Linda Lou Waite was born Oct. 29, 1947 in Garnett, Kan. to Maurice A. Pontius and Luella Marie Sobba Pontius. Linda married John Waite on March 6, 1971; together they had one daughter, Marjorie Holly who was born on Feb. 23, 1975.

Linda was a lifetime resident of Parachute. She graduated as Valedictorian from Grand Valley High School in 1965. She attended Mesa College and received her RN license in 1970. She worked at St Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for several years.

Linda was a nurse at Grand River Hospital District in Rifle since 1986. Linda was recently nominated for the Nightingale award.

Linda was a volunteer at Grand Valley Fire/EMT Department for 25 years. She was the first woman and one of the most dedicated members to join the crew.

Linda gave eight years of service as a trustee to the town of Parachute. Linda was also on the Parachute’s Park and Recreation Board.

Linda was also the caregiver to everyone. Linda was a history buff; she enjoyed reading and anything she could learn. She was the family historian caring for photos from the 1800s. Linda loved gardening and everyone in the community enjoyed her labors.

Linda’s most beloved joys were her grandsons Colby and Hayden Rupp and she was looking forward to the arrival of her third grandson later this month.

Linda was preceded in death by her father; infant son, Darold Gene; and brother, Franklin Duane Pontius.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Holly (Corey) Rupp of Cedaredge; her mother, Luella Pontius of Parachute, two grandsons, sister, Kay (Mike) James of Carlsbad, N.M.; two brothers, Herman (Denny) Pontius of Parachute, and Harold Pontius of Grand Junction, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

Services will be held Saturday Dec. 12, 2009 at 2 p.m., at the Grand Valley Fire Protection District in Parachute with Interment immediately following at the Battlement Mesa Cemetery.

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