Linda Lee Barron was born on
January 24, 1945 in Wapato, Washington
to Russell and Helen Barron
and passed on with family by
her side on September 18, 2013.
Her father died when she was very
young and her mother remarried.
Ross James became a loving father to Linda and her
siblings. Her parents owned the Blue Mountain Bakery
in Dayton and some of Linda's favorite childhood
memories were taking her friends to the bakery during
their school lunch break.
Linda was active in high school and was the Worthy Adviser for Rainbow. She
was always an integral part of her class reunion committee
and had fun reuniting with everyone this past
July where they celebrated 50 years.
On May 3, 1964 Linda married Phil Groom, and by
1969 they had 3 daughters.
Linda chose to be a stayat-
home mom and babysat many children for several
years before finding employment at Senior Chore Services, E-Z Way, and the U.s. Postal Service.
On summer weekends, Linda and Phil would pack up the kids and often friends of theirs and go camping. They eventually bought some property on Jasper Mountain where the family came together to enjoy each other's company in the outdoors. Linda treasured her annual mother/daughter vacations to places like Yellowstone, Palm Springs, Florida, Hawaii, Canada, and Mexico.
Linda loved to make quilts and do crafts. She kept meticulous family photo albums and a beautiful garden. She was active in the United Brethren Church and WMA. She was a loving Mother and a fun Grandmother to her 8 grandchildren, always playing games and attending their sporting events, piano and dance recitals, 4-H, and other activities.
Linda had an amazingly positive attitude, was an
inspiration to many, and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Phil; daughters and their families, Shelli and Brian Spencer of Gig Harbor, WA; Shannon and Jeff Turner, and Bunny and Keith Pittman both from Dayton; grandchildren: Meghin and Andrew Spencer, Stephanie Turner DeBruycker (Raymond), Ryan, Tyler, and Garett Turner, Denny Jones (Kenzi), Ashli Marshall (Todd); great-grandchildren: Austin and Breanna Marshall; sister Donna Donnelly (John), and brother Bill James (Jerri).
Linda is preceded in death by parents, Russell Barron,
Helen and Ross James; sister Deloras Barron, and
brothers: Bob Barron and Ted James.
A memorial will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September
27, 2013, at the Harvest Christian Church in
Dayton. Donations in Linda's honor can be made to
the United Brethren Church, Walla Walla Community
Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice through
Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
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