Linda Waldo

Linda G. Waldo

Sept. 13, 1942 — Feb. 1, 2019

                                                      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.


Guestbook for

Linda G. Waldo


  • Jim, very sorry to read of your wife's passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Jerry Woodcock

    Gerald Woodcock
    Feb. 10, 2019
    Richland
  • My beautiful Cousin.. we are about 10 years apart in age. I used to love to hear you play the piano. I thought then and now you were and are the most beautiful girl in the world.. Rest In Peace Linda.. You will live in my heart until we meet again. All of your family are in my prayers.. God bless you all.

    Rae Whittington
    Feb. 6, 2019
    Palm Desert California
  • Dear Waldo family, our hearts are grieving for you and the loss of your dear wife, mother and grandmother. She was indeed an elegant beautiful lady. No one that knew her ever had any doubt of how much she loved her family. She was definitely your biggest fan in your drag racing adventures. She was always so fun to visit with and hear from her how you were all doing. She is now free from her earthly burden and we know that we will see her again well and perfect. I saw a quote from - Winnie the Pooh “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I”ll stay there forever. “ I know she will be watching over you all. Love you guys.

    Aldon & LeeAnn Miller
    Feb. 6, 2019
    Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • I am Linda’s cousin. Growing up I was sure she was the most girl in the world, and she was. She had a heart of gold, always a kind word. Her laugh was contagious, so loving, so devoted. A ray of sunshine. She will be greatly missed. Give your mom and dad a hug from me. Love you Linda Gay!

    Gay Nesbit
    Feb. 6, 2019
    Menifee, California
  • Dear Waldo Family: We have a lot of memories of Linda with her family. Drag racing was a major part of her life that evolved around her family. She was always supportive of the many trips to the National Finals with the whole family. She enjoyed all the people that were involved with drag racing. She was such a devoted wife and mother. She was excited for all her grandchildren. She loved to communicate with her iPad . She was a beautiful woman and it was such a tragedy with her stroke. We will miss her and glad she is at peace.

    Bob & Alice Ver Steeg
    Feb. 5, 2019
    Richland, WA
  • So sorry for your loss I really enjoyed spending time with Linda at the races. She sure loved her family and was very proud of all their successes. Linda will be missed

    Gini Bushmaker
    Feb. 4, 2019
    Auburn, Wa
  • Jim and family: My condolences. I was very sad to hear of Linda’s passing. Although I did not know her very well, she was clearly a very special lady and I know you and your family will miss her greatly. I hope you can take comfort knowing that she is now at peace and without pain.

    Tam and Joyce Burke
    Feb. 4, 2019
    Prosser WA
  • My Sweet Precious Pal Linda, I love you so much. I am so grateful for the special friendship that we have shared over the past 63 years. You are my sister in heart and I cherish our time together. I'm so grateful that we were able to spend a few days together in the past two years. I was able to hold your hand, laugh with you, giggle like we do, shed a few tears and tell you how much I love you. I miss you and it will hurt not to be able to see or talk to you....but I am also thankful that you aren't suffering anymore and you are finally at peace and happy in heaven. One day I will see you again and we can laugh and giggle and spend time together for eternity.. I love you my sweet Pal.

    Marilyn Hilder
    Feb. 4, 2019
    Calimesa, California
  • Linda was my "Baby Sister"and she called me "Big Brother". We shared a lifetime of memories whenever we were together. She and Jim would stay at our home when they came down to California for racing. We would talk for hours, relieving our past. We really enjoyed being together. My wife Vicki and I also made several trips to Washington to visit with her and Jim. Linda was a Christian, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and always put her family first. I flew to Seattle to be with her and her family when she had her first major stroke. My heart was broken to see her and not be able to help her. I also visited with her at home and then at Guardian Angel Care Facility. I could go on forever about our relationship and how much I'm going to miss her. But one thing I know for certain as a believer that Jesus Christ is our Savior, she is now with Jesus in heaven and all her suffering has ended. I'll always have you in my heart "Baby Sister" My love forever, Big Brother Ron

    Ron Hawkins
    Feb. 4, 2019
    Calimesa, CA
  • Linda was my sister-in-law , But actually more like a sister. We sure enjoyed the many times we were together! Linda was so sweet, caring and just a fun person! I loved her so much, and will miss her! My condolences to Jim, her kids, their spouses, and grandchildren. Also, to my dear husband Ron, who is her big brother, and her sis Doris. May our dear Lord comfort you during your time of grief!

    Vicki Hawkins
    Feb. 3, 2019
    Calimesa, CA
  • Jim: My sincere condolences to you and your family. My prayer for you is you will be able to find peace after this tragic loss.

    Phil Brackenbury
    Feb. 3, 2019
    Richland
  • Jim—-We are so sorry to hear about your wife. We are praying that God will grant you and your family comfort and peace.—-Bill and Jeanne Moffitt

    Bill Moffitt
    Feb. 3, 2019
    Richland WA
  • Linda was one of my dearest friends as well as my sister-in-law (until 1978) when we continued to be dear friends. We always tried to get together for lunch when she and Jim would come to Pomona to race. I last saw Linda several years ago when my husband and I went on a trip that took us through Washington state. Little did I know that that would be the last time I would hug her goodbye! We kept in touch via Christmas and birthday cards. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of sorrow!

    Judy Rodocker
    Feb. 2, 2019
    Moreno Valley, Calif.

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