Here's my wonderful mom's story (the really brief version w/ some interesting details), along with an invitation to her Celebration of Life Service this Saturday, 2pm at Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living:
Linda Adams Skyrme, 74, passed away on August 17 in Santa Rosa. She was born on November 17, 1939 to Charles Adams, a boat builder, and his wife Willa on Catalina Island. In 1941 during the war she moved with her parents and older brother Bill to Long Beach. Two years later they moved to the small ranch town of Zenia, CA, where Linda, aged 4 1/2 at the time, was admitted to first grade, allowing the 6-student, one-room schoolhouse to remain open. Two years later they settled in Santa Rosa where they spent the winter living in a tent, heated only by a kerosene lamp, while building the El Portal Motel on Santa Rosa Avenue.
In her primary years, she took up roller skating. While attending Santa Rosa High School, she began competing as an artistic roller skater, and her fours team took home a national championship. She attended San Jose State and graduated from Sonoma State College in 1964. Adored by her students, she taught grades K-2 at Richard Crane and John Reed elementary schools and retired after more than 30 years. She married Ralph "Lucky" Skyrme, a car and manufactured home salesman, on July 6, 1968 and they made their home in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. They recently celebrated 46 years together. Their son, Gary (Skye), a professional pianist, singer, composer and piano teacher, lives in Portland, Oregon. Linda was a community activist and participated in several civic groups including the Vintage Choir of Rohnert Park and Sonoma County Organ Club. She attended the Center for Spiritual Living-Santa Rosa.
A lover of humanity, her bright light, sense of humor, kindness, grounded presence, and love of listening and learning drew people to her like a magnet. She will be missed greatly by all who were blessed to know her.
A celebration of life service for Linda will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living-Santa Rosa on Saturday, August 23 at 2 pm. Her family invites you to share stories and memories of her life. Linda loved face-to-face conversation over a great meal. In lieu of a donation, please bring a favorite dish to share for a potluck after the service. Flowers can be sent to CSL-SR at 2095 Occidental Road this Saturday between 10am and noon.