Linda May Garrison
Linda May Garrison
  • May 27, 1934 - September 4, 2011
  • Prineville, Oregon

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Linda May Brown Garrison
May 27, 1934-September 4, 2011

Linda May Brown Garrison was born to Carroll E. & Mildred C. Brown on May 27, 1934 in Bremerton, Washington. During her school years, she was active in tennis, swimming, Jobs Daughters, Campfire, and Glee Club. She graduated from Bremerton High School in 1952 with academic excellence and numerous awards. She attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and was a member of Lambda Lambda Sigma Sorority. She received a Bachelor's of Science Degree with a major in Home Economics and minor in Physical Education in 1956. Later she earned her Master's Degree in Counseling from Portland State University.
Please join the family in celebrating Linda Garrison's life on Friday, September 16, 2011 in the Crook County High School Auditorium at 4 p.m. A reception will follow at the Prineville Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rimrock Trails Treatment Center, 1333 NW 9th Street, Prineville, OR 97754 in memory of Linda Garrison.

She married Walter Kay Garrison on July 2, 1956. She taught one year in Willamina, Oregon before traveling with Kay to Germany while serving in the Army. She and Kay then moved to Prineville, Oregon in 1958, after the birth of Kristi, the first of their three daughters. Lori was born in 1960 and Tami in 1962. She was a mother, homemaker, and a substitute teacher for the Crook County School District during that time.
In 1968, Linda began teaching full time at Prineville Jr. High in PE and Health. After 20 years of teaching, she became Dean of Students & Counselor at Crook County Middle School. During her teaching career she coached soccer, volleyball and track. She was affectionately known as Mrs. "G" to her junior high athletes and "Ma Garrison" as chaperone to the Crook County High School Cowgirl Varsity Basketball Teams from 1975-1985. In 1998, she retired after 30 years of service to Crook County School District.
Linda had a long history of community service to Crook County, focusing mainly on children and families. She was instrumental bringing Rimrock Trails Treatment Center to Prineville and served on the board from 1993-2006. She also served on the boards of the Commission on Children & Families and Citizen's Review Board. In 1999, she received special recognition as "Volunteer of the Year" from the Citizen's Review Board. She also volunteered and traveled with the Northwest Medical teams for a time during her retirement.
Linda had many other interests. She learned to play tennis at an early age and at age 18 was a Junior National Champion in Washington State. She was an avid bowler and belonged to the Juniper League for more than 40 years. In retirement, she was also a member of the Senior League. She was a member of a bridge Club and the PWAA Softball League. Many special lifelong friends were made through these activities.
She enjoyed working in her yard, traveling, cooking, swimming, waterskiing, knee boarding, houseboat trips, and family gatherings. Her high school girlfriends were very special to her and they got together most every summer for 58 years. She traveled one last time to Bremerton in the summer of 2010 on the Olympic Peninsula to be with them before her health kept her at home. She was able to stay in her home with her family around her until her long battle with dementia related disease took her life on September 4, 2011.
Linda is survived by her three daughters , Kristi (Mike) Redd of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Lori (Mike) Meadows of Prineville, Oregon; Tami (Richard) Richey of Hillsboro, Oregon; grandchildren Lisa Redd Bunce, Deanna Redd Wilson, Sgt. Jered Meadows, Andrea Meadows Nash, Joshua Meadows, Julie Richey Feldmann; great grandchildren Justin Redd, Jayben & Jaelynn Bunce, Samuel Wilson, Kayla & Kyndra Meadows, Zachary & Brodie Nash, Kaitlyn & Lewis Feldmann; and special relatives and friends, Jackie & Del Kiggins, Mary Jo & Bruce Huff, Morgan Haney, Brian Huff, Richard & Heidi Vlist, Ray & Beverly Garrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents Carroll & Mildred Brown and one sister, Mary Alice MacColl.

Linda's family extends their sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Tom Matheson, Vicki Waldow, Trina Engebretson, Nadine Borden, Janet Beeman and the Hospice nurses for providing the special care she needed.
Arrangements under the direction of Prineville Funeral Home, Prineville, OR.