Linda Marie Crawford Feit was born at home on her family’s farm on the South end of Whidbey Island, Wash., April 12, 1941. The doctor stopped by several days later and the bulk of his visit was spent caring for a beagle mom who was having a difficult birth.
Linda died May 10, 2020 at Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, Ore. of breathing problems related to cancer. At the time of her death, she was a vibrant member of the YaPoAh retirement community in Eugene Ore.
Linda graduated from Langley High School with the class of 1959. She also attended Linfield College. She had a life-long interest in learning and reading. Linda was “all in” on anything she put her mind to. She was a charming sales leader, detailed organizer and surprisingly kind debt collector. She also loved working at Greenbank Farm as a wine steward.
Her non-work life was just as productive. She was a joiner and a supporter of many causes. She was keenly interested in crafts, creating and athletic pursuits. She rode her bicycle across the United States in a fundraising ride for the Lung Association in her later 40s. She loved bicycle touring and used a bike to commute to work into her 50s. In her later years, she enjoyed rubber stamping and cardmaking.
She was born and lived on Whidbey Island for her first 18 years, and spent the years 1960-92 away from the island, primarily in Albany, Ore. She returned to South Whidbey in 1992, moving to Eugene in 2007 where she resided until her death.
She is predeceased by her entire birth family. She was the beloved youngest daughter of William Clayton Crawford and Villa Vilora Gaylard Crawford. She was the baby sister of William Dale Crawford, Dorothy Myrtle Crawford Howe and Wayne Gaylard Crawford. She was also much loved by her maternal aunts, Susan Gaylard (Kinskie, Gould), Olive Gaylord (Grubb), and Jesse Mable Gaylord (Wildes).
She was predeceased by her last husband, Michael Feit. She is survived by her daughter, Theresa A. Koford (husband, Richard York) and Theresa’s father, Richard P. Koford. She had no grandchildren, but she has many delightful nieces and nephews.
She was cremated and will be buried in the family cemetery plot at St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Clinton, Wash. A family service was planned for what would have been her 80th birthday, April 12, 2021.
If you are so moved, a donation to Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF), a nonprofit animal shelter organization serving the homeless pet population and families of Whidbey Island, would be much appreciated in lieu of flowers.