Linda Kay Bostrom Marks
Linda Bostrom Marks, born in Salt Lake City in 1943, passed away at Salem Hospital in Oregon, a month after a serious illness put her in the hospital. She battled the devastating c. def bacteria but it left her too weak to make a comeback and she slipped away from us on June 11, 2013. She was the third of four children born to Al and “Bink” Bostrom and grew up with her older siblings Dan and Sandie, in Darwin, Manzanar and Lone Pine. At age 13 she found herself replaced as the baby of the family when her younger sister, Shawn, was born.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; sister, Shawn and her son, Jason; niece, Cheri and her husband, Pat, daughter, Heather, and grandson, Bill; nephew, Ronnie and his wife, Nadine; cousin, Anna; and life-long friends, Patty Ojeda Botello and Beb Gamboa and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bink and Al; brother, Dan; sister, Sandie and her husband, Ron; and many other beloved family members.
She was beautiful, sexy and spunky – mirroring her mother in looks, and both her parents with a quick, witty sense of humor and an incredibly generous nature. Her third marriage was a charm – she found her witty equal and soul mate, in Jim Marks, son of Opal Marks of Bishop. Like Linda, Jim never stops joking – and wanted this obit to reflect the fact that Linda “married well”! The two fell madly in love when he was on leave from the Navy in 1970. That was the highlight of her life – her fondest memory.
Jim and Linda lived in Maryland, San Jose and for the longest time in Sacramento, where all of the family happily resided, near each other, for many years after Jim retired from the Navy and worked for the county. Linda proudly worked her way up the ranks as a conscientious and caring manager at Franchise Tax Board. In the 1990s, they both retired and moved themselves and their “kids” (beloved dogs and cats), to Willamina, Ore., to be near Linda’s brother, Dan, who lived in Hillsboro.
She was a natural comedienne – loving nothing better than to laugh and make others laugh – so hard that it hurt! And she was the cutest little dancer imaginable! She loved the music of Cher and Neil Diamond but it would be most fitting to remember her to the 1962 tune, “Walk Right In” – a song that exemplifies Linda’s exuberance, joy, sassy confidence and free-spirited nature.
She will be missed terribly but the family will strive to emulate her philosophy regarding loved ones who had passed before her – that they are not gone – they are with us always. And so it is with our beloved Linda.