Gay Linson

Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Gay Linson died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, with her family by her side at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 89.

No services were held per her request. A private celebration of her life was held Sunday, July 19, at the Linson home. Her friends and family members shared dinner, memories and played table games into the evening.

Mrs. Linson was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Silverton, Texas to Sallie and James Malone. She spent her youth enjoying horses and living on a farm with her three sisters and younger brother. She excelled in school and hobbies of sewing and crocheting.

Mrs. Linson married Walter Linson on Sept. 12, 1936, near Trinidad, Colo., and the two spent the next many years following their dreams and making friends. Home included Morenci, Bisbee, Safford and Tucson, Ariz. They also spent five years in Toquepala, Peru.

"Her favorite activities became being part of the Baptist Church and devoting her life to her husband, three children and many grandkids. They moved to Soldotna in 1966 where she fell in love with bowling, berry picking and playing card games with her new friends and neighbors," her family said. "She received perfect attendance for three of the many years she drove school bus down Funny River Road. Many a friendly card game will be played remembering Gay Linson's humor and wit as she insisted we all join in the fun. Mom lived a full and wonderful life because of all the help from her friends, caregivers."

Mrs. Linson was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; and siblings, Velma, Martha, Louise and Bud.

She is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Oliver and her husband, Bart, Nancy Lowe and her companion, Kay Bradley; son, Buddy Linson and his wife, Jeannie; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that memorial donations be sent to The Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska through their Web site at

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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