Linda Ann Graham McBane
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Linda Ann Graham McBane
  • June 1, 1949 - August 28, 2017
  • Oregon

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Linda Ann Graham McBane died peacefully on August 28, 2017 in Portland, Oregon at the age of 68 after a four year battle with cancer.

Linda is survived by her husband Jim, mother Irma, daughters, Carla, Lesley and Karen, step-daughter Nicole, six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Linda was born on June 1, 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri to Irma Blosser and Columbus Jack Graham. During her early childhood, she was raised by her loving grandparents Vesta and Everett. She spent her teen years in Italy where her father worked for the U.S. government. There, she developed a taste for Italian wine, which her father purchased by the barrel. She graduated from Trinity University in Texas in 1971 with a degree in economics. After teaching at a high school for several years, she began civilian work for the U.S. Army, first as a Quality Manager and then in Human Resources. She moved to Hawaii in 1974, where she met Jim, a veterinarian, on a blind date set up by their coworkers. They fell in love and married in 1977. Their three daughters were born over the next five years and each one was well loved by their mother.

Linda had a zest for life and loved family and friends to the fullest. Her family remember her as a hard-worker dedicated to providing her children with the best education and encouraging them to pursue their personal and professional goals. Her children always knew that their mother was their strongest advocate and biggest fan. Her grandchildren brought her great joy and pride.

She was a positive individual who loved family, friends, travel, good red wine, genealogy, the symphony, iris, Frank Sinatra, and later in life, her two dogs Luigi (seen in the photo) and Chico. She loved and spoiled the dogs and they, in turn, provided her great comfort. At work and at home, Linda was accomplished at organization, communication, and making difficult decisions that others may have shied away from.

Linda was passionate about travel, and had visited 67 countries. Favorite trips included Greece, Australia/New Zealand, an East African safari, and a family cruise to South America. Linda and Jim took their daughters on annual trips all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, and even Norway and Iceland. Her passion for travel was passed on to her daughters, two of whom now live abroad after meeting their husbands on their own travels.

A graveside funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at 11:00am at Skyline Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of her favorite charities: the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association or the Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to thank the Kaiser Permanente medical and hospice teams for their care and dedication.