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Lynda S. Wilson

Lynda S. Wilson, 57, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, in Lake Havasu City. She was born on April 29, 1949, in Denver to Ralph and Velda Wilson.

Lynda, a longtime Lake Havasu City pioneer, lost her short-term fight with cancer.

Lynda moved to Lake Havasu City in February 1970 with her father and mother, Ralph and Velda "Sam" Wilson, and her twin sister, Sandi. Her father had promised that the family would be pioneers in establishing a new community in the desert with a beautiful lake.

She was employed by the McCulloch Corporation at the Nautical Inn, greeting the Holly salesman and visitors. She worked for the Nautical Inn and many other local establishments until 1976. She then enlisted in the Army in February 1977, and after basic training and advance individual training, she was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., in the 101st Adjutant General Company, 101st Airborne Division. Lynda was a personnel assignment manager for the division and other tenant units at Fort Campbell.

She was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Expert Badge for the M16 rifle and the Army Commendation Medal. During her tenure in the 101st, she was Division Support Command Soldier of the month, runner-up for Soldier of the Quarter and received numerous letters of commendation and appreciation.

Her "can do" attitude and her willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that all assigned tasks were accomplished on or before time due was often the subject of these letters.

In February 1980, she was honorably discharged as a specialist 4.

Lynda couldn't wait to get back to her home by the lake. She started taking classes for marketing and continued to take classes even after she was employed by Citizens Utilities in the telephone division (now Frontier Communications) in 1980.

Working with Frontier from plant clerk to supervisor of outside sales, traveling back and forth to Kingman, she retired in 2005 after 25 years of honorable service. Lynda took a position with UniSource Electric and Gas as a customer service supervisor so that she could be home more in Lake Havasu City, which had been her dream for 25 years.

Lynda will be long remembered for her professionalism, enthusiasm, work ethic and dedication to any job she was given. She will be missed by her co-workers, friends and family.

Lynda is survived by her twin sister, Sandi Gifford; nieces, Theresa Gifford and Erica Lowery; great-niece, Jessica Lynn; great-nephews, Kaymeon and Riley; half sisters, Donna Smoyer and Diane Haynes; and her half brother, Bennie Herder. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ralph and Velda "Sam".

A celebration of Lynda's wonderful life will be held at the Elks Lodge on McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, for co-workers, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Lynda's name be made to the local Arizona Department of Health Services (Well Woman Health check program) or the K-12 Foundation in Lake Havasu City, both of which she actively supported. Condolences, memories and thoughts may be sent to the family at

Arrangements were handled by Lake Havasu Mortuary and Crematory.


Kenneth D. Linson

Kenneth D. Linson, 57, of Kingman died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006, in Kingman. He was born March 2, 1949, in Port Hueneme, Calif.

Arrangements are being handled by Sutton Memorial Funeral Home.