Linda Marie Gardner, age 64, died peacefully on Monday, July 23, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Linda was born on April 23, 1954, in Yakima, Washington to Charles (Chuck) and Lenna (Enders) Hollibough. She was a graduate of Selah High School in 1972. Linda went back to school and graduated from Perry Technical Institute in 2011 with a degree in Medical Coding. Family was the center of Linda’s life and she loved her son Jesse and daughter Leslie more than anything and spent as much time with them as possible. She was an avid bowler in her younger years and could be found bowling league at Minda Lanes in Yakima. Linda enjoyed Friday night poker nights spent with family and friends, whether it was at the Eagles Lodge, or simply around the dining room table at a loved one’s home. She enjoyed spending Mondays at Legends Casino with her daughter Leslie and one of her close friends, Lisa. Linda’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren, attending every birthday party, sporting event, school function, or family get together she was able to.
In 2009 Linda met her love, Boots Gardner, and they married on June 21, 2011. Together, they spent time vacationing, visiting friends and living a peaceful, love-filled life until her death. Boots always dedicated his time to his wife, loving and caring for her with the utmost love, respect, and patience. He was by her side in every happy moment, as well as when she was facing her toughest battle. He was her greatest supporter, companion and perfect match in every way. With Boots she gained a whole new family whom she loved and cherished like her own.
Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Chuck and Lenna Hollibough, a brother, Mike Hollibough, and a beloved sister-in-law, Linda Hollibough. She is survived by her husband Boots Gardner, brother Chuck Hollibough, son Jesse (Sarah) Wolfram, daughter Leslie (Matt) Schoonover, and best friend Diane (Arnie) Henrickson. Linda had a special relationship with her eldest granddaughter Courtney who spent the last 2 years living with her Mimi. Linda is also survived by 9 additional grandchildren, Jacob, Alex, Jordan, Ashlyn, Mikayla, Grace, Emmalee, Gracie, and Caralee, who all loved her dearly as their Mimi/Nana; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family, friends, and others whose lives Linda touched are invited to join us in celebrating her life on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Playland Riverside Park in Selah across from River Ridge Golf Course.