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Linda Thorson

September 27, 1941 — August 19, 2016

Life Story for Linda Lee Thorson (Ferrell)

Linda Lee Thorson, beloved wife of Jon, died peacefully at home after a courageous struggle with cancer. She died in the arms of her husband and the presence of family. A 30-year citizen of the Wood River Valley, Linda was an active, trusted, and respected force in community, church, and recovery affairs. Her community endeavors included election to a seat on the Sun Valley City Council, chairing the formation of a comprehensive plan for the City of Sun Valley, and member of the commission developing a comprehensive plan for Blaine County. She co-chaired a fund raising committee that contributed to the successful building of St. Luke's Hospital. At St. Thomas Church Linda was a Senior Warden, Parish Administrator, and Worship Leader, and enthusiastically undertook other leadership roles in support of the parish. Over a 33-year timeframe, Linda supported the recovery of many women; her sponsorship and counsel were invaluable in helping to redirect people's lives. She was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Advocates.

For Linda love was an action verb, she had many friends who loved and trusted her as a willing, honest, compassionate and loyal companion. She was the heartbeat of her husband, Jon, who cherished her presence in his life.

Linda was born in Fortville, Indiana to Mars and Bettye Ferrell on September 27, 1941. After attending local schools, she graduated from the University of California at Irvine. She was employed by U. C. Irvine in medical research, by Allergan Pharmaceuticals in marketing and had a small marketing company in Sun Valley for many years. She is survived by her loving husband, Jon; sons Kevin, Brian, and Shannon O’Shea; brothers Bob and Jerry Ferrell; step children Andy, Jay, and Kate Thorson and Cara Drougas; and 16 grandchildren and step grandchildren.

A burial service with Communion will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 1st at 1:00 PM, with a reception on the patio after the service. Her ashes will be committed to the earth at a later date. In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the Advocates or to Haiti Micro Project of St. Thomas Church.
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