LINDA GAY (HAWKINS) WALDO
Linda Gay (Hawkins) Waldo passed away on February 1, 2019 at the age of 76 following a four-year struggle from two debilitating strokes. She was born on September 13, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky to Hollie and Kathleen Hawkins. At an early age, her family moved to southern California where she grew up and attended Pacific High School in San Bernardino, California. She worked as a long distance telephone operator and in several secretarial jobs in her early years. Linda and Jim were married on May 16, 1965 and lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho where Jim was employed by Argonne National Laboratory. In 1973 Jim took a job with Westinghouse and they moved to Richland. During their 53 years of marriage, they had three children who are all degreed engineers and loyal Cougars.
Linda was a stay-at-home mom and devoted most of her life to raising the children, maintaining a happy home, and traveling with the family. She was also an active participant in a family racing team. She traveled to all 50 states, the Caribbean, Panama, and much of Europe. She was a long time member of West Side Church.
She is survived by her husband and children and their spouses: Eric Waldo (Sharon), Gary Waldo (Shannon), and Nicole Kangas (Eric). She is also survived by her brother Ron Hawkins, her sister Doris Milloy, her lifelong friend Marilyn Hilder and her four grandchildren: Alayna Waldo, Ty Waldo, Mackenzie Kangas, and Everett Kangas.
A private graveside service will be held at Einan's/Sunset Gardens.