Originally Published: June 18, 2011 11:28 p.m.
May 6, 1949 - June 9, 2011
Linda Averill of Scottsdale, Ariz., loving wife, mother, grandmother and dear friend, made her transition June 9, 2011, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Linda is survived by her devoted husband, Jeff Deming; her two sons and their families, Travis and Chelsy Averill and adored grandchildren Mady and Silas, and Kent Averill and Mary Stephenson and newest grandchild Olivia and Elizabeth; father Fred Popper; brother David Popper; niece Lindsay Popper-Dye; nephew David Popper Jr.; and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Irene Freund, and her mother, Irene (Freund) Popper.
Linda was born in Evanston, Ill., and lived in Red Lodge, Mont., and Prescott, Ariz., before relocating to Scottsdale. She owned and worked at the Red Lodge Zoo and was instrumental with donations of cash, equipment and animals in the formation of Zoo Montana, now in Billings. Her friends there may remember her joyously riding the elephant in the annual 4th of July parade. She spent glorious summers at her family's home at Grand Island, Michigan on Lake Superior - a place that held special magic for her. Arriving in Prescott, Ariz., in 1996, she met her future husband and partner, Jeff. Linda's talents with arts and crafts, making nature spirits and fairies, as well as her interior design abilities with one-day room makeovers, led to various business opportunities. Wherever she went, she showed us how to appreciate life with more gratitude, joy and fun; to enthusiastically appreciate nature, beauty, color and creativity; and most of all, to love ourselves and others honestly and fully. She cultivated life long friendships with compassion and understanding, deepening connections with all her friends. She believed in the "Fairy Dust" of Love and inspired us to reach beyond our self-perceived limitations. She could turn the ordinary into extraordinary beauty. During these last six years, she and Jeff showed us their grace, courage, kindness and love while managing such a difficult part of their journey. We all will miss her greatly and her bright, fresh view of the world.
A celebration of her life will be at Unity Church of Prescott, 145 S. Arizona Ave., Prescott, AZ 86303 on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at 1 p.m.
An additional celebration at her final resting place on Grand Island, Mich., will occur sometime over the Labor Day weekend. Details will be posted on CaringBridge.org.
No flowers please, but donations, if one desires, may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Zoo MT, CaringBridge.org, American Cancer Society, or a cancer or animal charity of your choice.
Information provided by survivors.