Linda Sue Chaffee died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at St. Mary's Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 76. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Linda was wholeheartedly devoted to God, family and friends.
Linda was born Feb. 18, 1941, to Cleo Fyffe and Carl Kaiser of Ironton, Ohio. She grew up in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Perry High School in 1958. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959 and proudly served her country for two years.
On April 5, 1961, she married fellow Navy member and love of her life, Gary M. Chaffee, at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, the couple moved to Elk City and later moved to Cottonwood, where they raised their three children (Janelle, Vance and Kevin). She continued her education with Lewis-Clark State College, attending night classes at St. Gertrude's, and she received a Bachelor of Science degree in history in 1978. Linda began working for the U.S. Postal Service in Cottonwood in 1968 and continued on to become the postmaster in Ferdinand in 1979. She later retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1998 after 30 years of dedicated service.
Linda was a lifelong member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cottonwood serving her savior, Jesus Christ. She loved her family deeply and was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She had many lifelong friendships that she nurtured with great respect and love. If you became her friend, she took you in as family. She lived her life passionately with a kind, generous and loving heart. Linda enjoyed cooking, baking and embroidery work. Linda loved attending her grandchildren's activities and sporting events. Linda enjoyed planning the holidays with friends and family, especially Christmas. She enjoyed traveling to see family members and loved ones.
Linda is preceded in death by her husband, Gary, and her parents, Bud and Cleo Hewitt.
She is survived by her children, Janelle (Gordon) of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada, Vance (Gayle) of Davenport, Wash., and Kevin (Shari) of Cottonwood; 10 grandchildren, Melissa, Nathan, Justin, Erin, Shaun, Bethany, Merannda, Seth, Hunter and Ciara; and great-grandchildren, Tristan, Ava, Clara, Stella, Thegn, Keifer, Emmett, Cole, Elora, and one on the way, Scarlet.
Uhlorn Funeral Home is handling all the arrangements.
A memorial service was held Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cottonwood. A U.S. military honor guard graveside service followed at the Cottonwood Community cemetery. A fellowship dinner was at the Cottonwood Community Hall following the graveside service.
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