Linda Sue Leary

11/05/1955 — 02/23/2023

From Richland, WA | Born in Garden Grove, CA

Linda Sue Leary

Linda Sue Leary, age 67, passed away on February 23, 2023, in Richland, WA. Linda was born on November 5, 1955, in Santa Ana, CA, firstborn of William and Norma Benson. These proud parents could not have loved her more. She was bright and beautiful and had the kindest demeanor. Three years later she was joined by her baby brother, Kevin, then two years later, her sister Shelly, who loved and looked up to their big sister.

Linda was an excellent student, and learned to play the piano, some of our fondest family memories are of us all gathering around the piano and singing hymns as she played. We all missed her very much when she went to Columbia academy boarding school, where she made lifelong friends. She was a good student and we all looked forward to holidays when she returned. Her kindness and patience were some of her greatest attributes. Linda attended community college, which is where she fell in love with James Leary. They remained happily married for the duration of her life.

Linda was a hard worker, and it was important that her children attended private schools to have the best education possible. She was always kind, sincere, considerate of others, and loving. She loved the outdoors and found comfort in nature.

Linda has resided in Cottage Grove, OR for 27 years where she worked as a Computer Programmer for Farwest Steel Corporation. Linda was an active member of Cottage Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church where she played the piano weekly for services and was actively engaged in her church community.

Linda is survived by her husband James; daughters Rebecca and Melissa and their families; her sister Shelly and brother Kevin.

Linda was preceded in death by her Mother and Father.

A Celebration of Life for Linda will be held on Sunday, August 6th, 2023 at 1:00 PM at Einan’s At Sunset Funeral Home, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA 99352. Linda was laid to rest at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, WA.


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