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Linda M. Hilderman

Oct. 4, 1942 –– Aug. 24, 2018

Linda Mickey Hilderman was born in Montebello, Calif., and passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Linda was the daughter of Bunnell Basil and Virginia Barrick, both deceased. She attended Los Altos High School and continued her education at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, where she received a bachelor’s of science degree in horticulture.

She married Lee Hilderman and they moved to Oregon and operated a florist shop in Lake Oswego. They had two children, Lee and Sasha.

Lee Sr. and Linda were divorced in 1976. Linda went on to attend Lewis and Clark College and obtained a master’s degree in counseling.

In the fall of 1990, Linda met Harold Black on a Mazama hike. They shared a love of the outdoors, were married on the banks of the Wallowa River and moved to Wallowa County in 1994.

Linda went to work for the Center for Wellness and retired from there in 2011. She then went to work at Arrowhead Chocolates and enjoyed the work and the people involved immensely.

Linda enjoyed photography and was a member of the Wallowa Valley Photo Club. She also enjoyed horses, and although she hadn’t ridden much recently, was a member of the Wallowa Mountains Chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails.

She also was an active gardener and had a productive garden and greenhouse. She was on the board of the Wallowa County Farmers Market. She loved standard poodles and Indie and Ashe miss her. Linda traveled extensively and had visited every continent except Australia.

In addition to Harold, Lee, and Sasha, Linda is survived by her sister, Donna Sampson of Grants Pass, Ore.

There will be a celebration of Life for Linda the afternoon of Oct. 27 at the Hurricane Creek Grange 2:30-6 p.m. Earlier in the afternoon, 1-2:30 p.m., Linda’s ashes will be in the Wallowa Buddhist Temple’s meditation hall for those who would like to come by and silently reflect on her life.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wallowa County Farmers Market or to the Wallowa Buddhist Temple.

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