Linda Jane DeSantis: December 1944-May 2018

May 2018 Posted in Obituary

DeSantis, Linda 5 15Linda, 73, died peacefully May 1, 2018, with her
family by her side at home in Silverton, while John Denver was playing in the background.

Linda was born in December 1944 in Salem to parents Kenneth and Marian Barker. She was the baby in the family with two older sisters Sue Ann Clark and Judith Lundgren. She was the typical youngest in their family, the “princess” and she held a special place in her Daddy’s heart. Mom grew up in Eugene, moving to Salem in 1956. She graduated from South Salem High School in 1963 and was a PROUD lifelong Saxon.

She met our Dad on a blind date in 1965 and even after spilling orange soda on the new aqua blue carpet in his 1962 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop Impala, Dad still asked Mom on a second date and eventual marriage. They were married in February 1966 in Salem. Ken was born November 1966 a couple years later Jeff was born in October and Nicole 5 years later was born in August and quickly took the same role as Mom did in her family, Daddy’s little princess.

Mom and Dad moved back to Silverton in 1976 to the family home where Dad was raised and lived there until February 2018. During these years Mom was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and soon to be great grandmother.

She is survived by her husband Tom, her sister Judith (Dick), children Ken (Jodie), Jeff (Christie), Nicole, Sandy (Ray) and grandchildren Beau (Becky), Austin (Hollie), Bailey, Lauren, Emily, Wyatt, Ethan, Sophie and coming soon, great granddaughter Audrey.

Memorial Mass was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Silverton. Arrangements were made with Unger Funeral Chapel.

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