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Linda Fossum passed away in Helena surrounded by family on the morning of Thursday, May 2, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Richard; her son, Lee; daughter-in-law, Katey; grandchildren Aurora and Todd; and her daughter, Stacey.

Born Linda Lee Brown on Aug. 27, 1951, in Columbus, Mont., Linda was the daughter of Charles Brown and Nancy (Noble) Fenner and the fun-loving, bossy oldest sister to her siblings Corky (Bruno), Rod and Brenda (Wilmont). She lived in Columbus until she graduated from high school, and soon after married Richard Fossum. Not long after, they had a son and daughter; while she wasn’t a perfect mother, she was pretty darn close to perfect. When Lee and Stacey were little, she always had time to play games, talk, laugh, and listen, which did not change one bit as they got older. That incredible relationship continued with her many nieces and nephews and her wonderful grandchildren, Aurora and Todd, whom she adored.

Linda was once described as the hub of her family, both immediate and extended, and no words were truer. Fiercely loyal, intensely loving, and incredibly stubborn, she was the love glue that held her family together. Linda always reminded us that forgiveness and understanding are a key part to any relationship and that family is the most important relationship of all.

Initially a homemaker who sometimes worked part time, Linda discovered her love of teaching when she took job as a paraprofessional in a special-needs classroom. She soon went back to college to earn her elementary education degree and began teaching in 1987 at Helena Christian Schools (formerly Cornerstone Academy). She taught there until 2010, and touched many lives with her enthusiasm for learning and her love of her students.

Linda was also blessed with an incredible circle of lovely friends who were a comfort and support for her in a way that no one else could be. Thanks especially to the “Breakfast Bunch” for all you did for her.

Linda, you were the best wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, teacher and friend. We were privileged to know you and be a part of your wonderful life. You were truly an exemplary Christian woman. You will be remembered. You will be sorely missed. You were very, very loved.

A memorial celebration for Linda will be held at Life Covenant Church, 800 N. Hoback St., Helena, MT, on Saturday, May 11, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be sent to Linda Fossum Memorial Fund, c/o Helena Christian School, 3384 Canyon Ferry Road, East Helena, MT 59635. Big Sky Cremations assisted the family with the arrangements. To offer condolences to the family please visit www.helenafunerals.com.

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