Linda Loretta Northway, 67, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, peacefully went to be with her heavenly Father on April 7, 2013, after a courageous 18-month battle with lung cancer.
She was born Oct. 28, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo., to John Theron and Loretta (Wood) Long. Her family moved to Craig, Colo., when she was two years old and to Crystal River, Fla., when she was 10, where she completed the sixth grade. She attended Memorial Jr. High School in Orlando, Fla., where she completed grades 7 and 8. She completed her schooling at Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla., where she graduated with honors in 1963. She was a member of the National Beta Club.
After graduation, she moved to Boulder, Colo., where she worked for the Neodata Company and Blue Mountain Arts Publishing Co.
She married Roger Martin Loeb on April 1, 1966, To this union their son, Roger Gregory Loeb, was born Sept. 2, 1971. The marriage dissolved in 1975.
She wed Larry Northway on June 16, 1983, in Boulder, Colo.
Her work career included 18 years with various agencies of the federal government, including the National Institute of Corrections Jail Training Center, in Boulder, A.S.C.S. offices in Pratt and Gray counties, and Moffat County and the U.S. Forest Service in Moffat Co., Colo. She completed her government service with the Farm Service Agency (A.S.C.S.) as the county executive director for Meade and Gray counties, retiring in 2002.
She also worked for the First National Bank in Pratt as an executive secretary to the president and with the Wal-Mart Company, completing her five-year career with them in 2010, working in the cash office.
Linda enjoyed many different sports activities, including ice skating, cross country skiing (while carrying her infant son in a Snuggly), swimming with the otters in Florida and hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Later in life she enjoyed walking in Pratt's Lemon Park with her dog Snowball.
She was a gifted artist and especially enjoyed working with pastels. She completed a great number of cross-stitched items and used half stitches and French knots with ease.
She was an avid reader and had read the Bible front to back four times.
Linda was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pratt for many years, where one of her pastels is on display in the conference room.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Theron Long; her infant daughter, Linda Michelle; her brother, John Thomas Long; and her sister, Helen Holloway.
Survivors include: husband of 29 years, Larry E. Northway; son, Roger Gregory Loeb (Amy) and grandson Mason Loeb of Alpharetta, Ga.; mother, Loretta Duncan of Dinosaur, Colo.; sister, Cynthia (Mark Dalrymple) Pearce of Dinosaur; brother, George (Diane) Long of North Kingstown, R.I.; sister-in-law, Paula Newcomer of Boulder; special best friend, Sara Henderson of Boulder; nieces, Laura Dunkle, Rebecca Long and Kristina Galvin; nephews, Justin Long, Israel Holloway, Nathan Pearce and Shane Dunkle; stepson, Dan (Nicole) Northway of Danville, Calif.; stepdaughter, Dawn Denning, Lincoln, Neb.; step-granddaughters, Annalise and Claire Northway; step-grandsons, Jordan, Jarrett and Jayden Denning; step-great-granddaughter, Daphne Denning; and treasured family and friends.
She is also survived by her feline friends, Mickey, Squeaky and Lil Gray.
Linda's family would like to thank all of her caregivers and friends who supported her through her illness: Dr. Jennings and his staff, the staff at South Wind Hospice, Pratt, the staff of Pikes Peak Hospice, Colorado Springs, the clergy and prayer groups of the First United Methodist Church in Pratt and special friend, Karla Ewing.
A private celebration of life service is planned for a later date and her cremains will be scattered on Long's Peak in her beloved Colorado.
Her family suggests memorial contributions to Pikes Peak Hospice, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906; South Wind Hospice, 496 Yucca Lane, Pratt, KS 67124; First United Methodist Church Praise Team, 100 N. Jackson, Pratt, KS 67124; or Pratt Area Humane Society, 10233 Bluestem Blvd., Pratt, KS 67124.