A memorial gathering will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Bridgeport South Yuba River State Park for Linda C. Post of Grass Valley. Guests are asked to bring a fond memory, poem, or short reading to be shared. Linda passed away gently in her sleep on March 28 after a day filled with tears and laughter among friends and immediate family. She was 71.
Linda was born June 24, 1935, the only daughter of Fay Farmer and Jack Causbrook, in Plainfield, N.J. She attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1957.
Linda was an active supporter of civil rights and fair housing, helping to establish the first interracial apartment complex in New Jersey in the 1960s.
She received her master’s of science degree from Drexel University in 1974, and moved to California to begin her professional career in library science. She retired from Hewlett Packard in 1995.
Linda was a 20-year resident of Grass Valley where she worked happily and enthusiastically with the League of Women Voters and was a docent at Bridgeport South Yuba River State Park, where she led wildflower walks. She loved the natural wonders of the world, traveled extensively with friends and loved ones, and greatly enjoyed birding and playing Scrabble. Linda also dabbled in basketry, poetry, writing, gardening, knitting, crocheting, and never failed to complete the daily New York Times crossword puzzle.
She touched and enriched the lives of many, and is survived by the “love of her life,” Larry Shumaker; their grandchildren, Anthony Clark of San Luis Obispo, and Patrick and Clay O’Brien of Clinton, Wash.; her children, Lee Anne Spencer of San Francisco, and Kathryn O’Brien of Clinton, Wash.; as well as by Larry’s children, Galen and Antonina Shumaker, and Kevin Shumaker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, http://www.hofo.org, (530) 272-5739, or Save-the-Redwoods League, http://www.savetheredwoods.org, (888) 836-0005. Linda’s daughter, Kathryn, will be planting a memorial garden for Linda at her home on Whidbey Island. If you would like to choose and purchase a flowering tree, shrub, or perennial for the garden, please call Bayview Yard & Garden at (360) 321-6789.
Editor’s note: At the family’s request we have called Mrs. Post by her first name, Linda, throughout the obituary. We usually use courtesy titles in obituaries as a sign of respect. The family also requested Web sites and phone numbers be included for memorial contributions.
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