Linda Michaelson, 72, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 after a hard-fought battle with lymphoma. Linda passed away at home surrounded by family, greeting visitors with a million-watt smile until the very end.
Linda was born July 31, 1946 in Portland to Bill and Velma Stuart. She grew up in Brookings as the oldest of four siblings and graduated from Brookings High School in 1964. Linda attended Southern Oregon College (now SOU) and spent many years in the Rogue Valley, where she raised her two children. In 1987 she moved to Lakeview, where she worked in administration at Lake District Hospital until retiring as the head of HR in 2016.
While in Lakeview she met Dan Michaelson, and the two married in 1994. Over the years they would volunteer together and host many community gatherings at their home. Linda was an avid outdoorswoman who loved hunting and camping. She also had a love of travel, visiting family in Europe, vacationing in Mexico, and trekking as far as South Africa in recent years. She was committed to her community and was a long-time Rotarian, having served as the Lakeview chapter’s first female president and having been recognized as Rotarian of the Year.
She was preceded in death by: her mother, Velma and her son-in-law, Mike Perkins.
Linda is survived by: her husband Dan; her father, Bill of Brookings; her son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Cindy Ward of Medford; daughter, Traci Perkins of Medford; stepdaughter, Stacy Michaelson of Portland; sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Brian Brink of Brookings; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and and Judy Stuart of Shady Cove; sister, Chara Stuart of Bellingham, Wash.; four granddaughters and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held later this fall in Lakeview, with details to come.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Linda’s name to the Cancer Travel Fund at Lake District Hospital, c/o Tasha Start, 700 S. J St., Lakeview, OR 97630.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.