Linda Kay Black

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Longtime Soldotna resident Linda Kay Black died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 61.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A potluck reception will follow the service at the Eagle's Lodge across the street from the funeral home.

Ms. Black was born Sept. 12, 1948, in Eugene, Ore. to Jack and Hazel Black. She grew up in Eugene. She completed the ninth grade in North Eugene. She later graduated with her GED from Clark College in Battle Ground, Wash.

She married Dave Reetz on Nov. 28, 1967. They moved to Alaska in 1975, making Soldotna their home. They divorced July 12, 1989, and she took back her maiden name. She went to the Singles Group for support, where she made many lasting friends.

She enjoyed singing karaoke, making quilts, crocheting and scrapbooking. She made many beautiful cards for friends and family. Butterflies were her inspiration. She decorated throughout her home with them. She also loved having beautiful flowers in her yard and on her deck.

"Linda was an avid Oregon Ducks fan. She was very excited when the Ducks were going to play in the Rose Bowl this year. She had her "Ducks Hat" and "Duck Call" by her side ready for the game this year," her family said. "Her faith in God sustained her through all her trials and tribulations. In later years, her health kept her confined to her home, where she had several caregivers over the years. Her devoted cocker spaniel, "Midnight" was her constant companion."

"Even in bad times, her sense of humor came shining through. Linda will be missed by many and loved by all who knew her. She was a ray of hope and will live in our hearts forever," a family friend said.

Ms. Black was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant brother, Jerry Dale.

She is survived by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Bruce Ross of Eugene, and Marna and Mike Newby of Pendleton, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Victoria and Jake Mapes; granddaughter, Catherine Herr, all of Lewistown, Mont.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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