Margaret Gerhardt Linton 1937-2011
Below is the text of a sort of obituary/biography 1-pager that we handed out at today’s memorial service for my mom. It was initially drafted by my sister-in-law Laura Archer Linton, then the rest of us added on, revised and edited. My cousin Emily Lawrence Mendoza designed the actual flier, using some of my artwork – so I am planning to post the final version at my art blog soon. The service was full of tears, but really a wonderful time to share and catch up with so many folks who’ve been close to my mom and our family for so long. I hope to write more about the service really soon – probably tomorrow. (Updated: you can download the obit flier pdf designed by Emily Lawrence.)
A Reflection on the Life of Marge Linton
by Matt Linton, Joe Linton, Mark Fletcher Linton, Liz Gastil and Laura Archer Linton
Margaret Gerhardt Linton, known as “Marge” to her friends and family, was the third child of William Gerhardt and Mildred Staudenmayer. Marge was born in Los Angeles, on October 23, 1937.
Marge grew up in a very different Southern California, before extensive orange groves and small farms were replaced by the sprawling cities and freeways of today. “Margie” was a tall girl, reaching six feet by the end of 6th grade. Marge graduated from Montebello High School. She was athletic, a swimmer and lifeguard, and an excellent student. Marge attended Occidental College, majoring in History, and spending her junior year abroad in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1959, at age twenty-one, she married “the boy next door,” Peter Linton, a young engineer and Korean War veteran. The newlyweds spent the next eighteen months traveling around Europe, before settling down in Portland, Oregon. The couple’s four children, Matthew William, Joseph Russell, Mark Fletcher and Elizabeth Louise were born in Oregon. The Lintons soon returned to Southern California, settling initially in El Toro in 1966. In 1968 the family moved to the city of Tustin, purchasing a newly constructed home where Marge would live for the next 43 years. (more…)