When all that's left of me is love, give me away.
~Merrit Malloy
  • Born on June 15, 1944 .
  • Passed away on February 7, 2019 .

It is with tremendous sorrow and thanks for her life that we announce Linda’s passing Thursday morning, February 7, 2019 surrounded by her loving husband and children. There will be a celebration of life ceremony held April 28th, 2019 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bremerton, Washington. 

If you would like to make a donation in Linda's honor please consider the following charities:

Posted by Eva Luursema on April 30, 2019
Love, compassion, trees - in great abundance
This I remember and treasure
Posted by Linda Mahnken on April 27, 2019
I’ve known Linda Manlove since I was about 13. She’s always been incredibly supportive of me both personally and professionally. She supported my close friendship with Sarah which has been an incredible treasure even though we only lived in the same location a very short time. She also launched me on my career that I still love.
Posted by Thomas Beernink on April 27, 2019
I met Linda when I took a post retirement job working with a team editing and updating training plans for the Navy. As a key member of the team, Linda helped me get organized and overcome some confidence issues. She taught me computer and software skills that directly contributed to the success of the project. We became good friends and I always loved stopping by for a visit and a chat. Knowing Linda has been a blessing and enriched my life in many ways.
Posted by Janneke Luursema on April 26, 2019
A few years ago we (Janneke, Michiel & our children Tessel, Ben and Koen) visited Port Orchard to attend to the wedding of Sarah and Jan-Maarten. Linda and Jim made us feel very welcome without being overwhelming and we really appreciated that. We had the most wonderful time, and the children did as well. They still talk about how great our stay with Linda and Jim has been.
We feel Linda genuinely seemed interested and really tried getting to know us. She made us feel part of the family and even made an effort to learn Dutch. Linda also appeared to us as a wise person who cared a lot about the development and education of children.
We are thankful we had a chance to know her.
Posted by Sarah FitzPatrick on April 26, 2019
Linda's last email to me in 2015 was to say 'LAST FILE FOR A BIT... HAVE FUN!'. It was her 13th email with patterns for home-made American Girl costumes for my daughter. I was so fortunate to meet Linda as my friend, Sarah's Mum, in the late 90's. We were knee-deep in graduate study. I marvelled at Linda's ability to engage in major issues one moment and something apparently minor the next. But nothing seemed trivial or minor to Linda. She had a wonderful appetite for all of life. She gave so much of herself to others. I remember her wonderful generosity of spirit. Rath Dé ar a anam dílis. (Blessings of God on her beautiful soul).
Posted by Mary Day on April 25, 2019
I first met Linda at my grandparents' (Mary and Robert Manlove Sr.) house in Jacksonville, Ill. I was about 9, and Linda was a twenty-something flurry of energy with strawberry blonde hair and a smile that lit the room. She had a gift for bestowing her full attention and all the warmth that came with it. Linda and my uncle Jim have offered me and my family support and belonging in so many ways. We are so very grateful for Linda's presence in our lives.
Posted by Jan Lightner on April 23, 2019
In 1977 when we moved to Federal Way, I knew no one. Linda was volunteering at the neighborhood elementary school and called me when my daughter (in Sarah's class) had some difficulty - a bully had mistakenly attacked the wrong little girl. I asked Linda if Jill was OK. Yes. How about the bully...sobbing in the principal's office. We laughed, became instant friends, co-Brownie Scout leaders, and stayed in touch no matter where her family moved or our family moved. She was one of the most kind and gracious and courageous women I've ever known. She is greatly missed.
Posted by Robert Manlove on April 16, 2019
(from Ruth)
I have so many cherished memories of Linda, I hardly know where to start.  I first met her (and Jim, Jim Jr and Sarah) in 1969 at my parents’ house in Endwell, New York. They were living near Albany and had driven through a snowstorm to be there. Over the years and moves to their many houses, we shared so much. For one thing, we had both married Manlove guys, and we often shared stories: one time, I confided in her that Bob had expressed disapproval when I bought a red dress. “Married women don’t wear red,” he had said. She matched that with a story about Jim’s reaction when she got a haircut that he didn’t like. “Married women don’t show their ears.” 
  But the thread that stands out most for me down through the years is our love of sewing, especially quilting.  Linda loved making other people happy, and she made quilts for our daughters when they were very young. When we got together, we would share our guilt over the size of our fabric stashes, as well as our current projects and plans.
I don’t remember which house they were living in when Linda presented me with 2 beautiful matching quilt tops in 1930’s fabrics that she had found in a rag bag at a local flea market. Astonished at this find, and not wanting to cheat the seller, she had held them up and said she had found them in the rag bag. She said the man turned to her indignantly and said, “Yes, and they’re 50 cents each!” How we gloated over that find! For the next few years, I spent Sunday mornings handquilting those two quilt tops while my family listened to Prairie Home Companion. We gave one quilt back to Linda and Jim, and kept the other, along with all the lovely memories it evokes.
Then, some years ago, Linda showed me a collection of quilt tops that her friend Dwayne had collected, and she asked me if I could quilt one for use in Steve and Susan’s cabin in Arizona. I agreed and chose one, but by the time I had retired and had enough time, I also had arthritis, so the quilt top hung in my closet and my guilt over procrastinating grew. Finally, when Linda passed, I pulled the quilt top out of my closet and decided to fulfill her idea in time for this memorial.  I had it machine-quilted, and hemmed it, and it’s beautiful. Linda would be so pleased. And I was given another memory of her to treasure.
Posted by Robert Manlove on April 16, 2019
(from Bob)
One of Linda’s many lovable personal characteristics was her empathy and steadfast desire to help those in need. And, on some conscious or subconscious level, she knew that this included everyone in reach. It is an understandable tendency in humans to save their empathy for the immediate family but not Linda. If she could reach someone, related or not, she wanted to try to help. Of course, Linda had needs of her own. But, if such were suggested, she would react as if to say, “Pshaw! These are nothing compared to the needs of other people.” 
I think particularly of Linda reaching out to help Mom. Now, growing old is hard work for everyone but especially for my mom. My father died in in 1975 and this put before her the struggle of living alone for what turned out to be 30 years. Inevitably, the struggle becomes too hard to bear and so it should not have been a surprise when we all found she was living with a substantial population of cockroaches and rodents. Linda knew what to do; she packed her car full of cleaning supplies and empty boxes and drove 80 miles back and forth multiple times to take charge of the situation. Linda soon took mom back with her to Morris, Illinois, where she and Jim were living.
This was a shining example of Linda’s life. Her altruistic spirit that was demonstrated with my mother can be seen in her relationships with many, many others. In her heart, she held fast to the belief that nurturance is deeply and permanently equated with being human. To know, befriend, or love people requires helping and caring for them just as helping and caring for people required knowing, befriending, and loving them.
Posted by Gerdy Bijleveld on April 2, 2019
I remember Linda as a warm, welcoming and generous woman, enjoying to make contact with others. I will never forget how she repeatedly said to me that her daughter Sarah and my son Jan-Maarten are "such a good couple". I agree! Therefore, I add a photograph that was taken at their wedding.
Posted by Marja Bijleveld on March 31, 2019
I remember Linda as a very welcoming and warm person, with a keen interest in other people and she especially loved to hear about the youngest generation, in my case my grandchildren. A special memory: in spite of all her physical discomfort she made this lovely and really big pink Dolphin for one of my granddaughters and had it shipped all the way to the Netherlands. If anything, Linda knew how to give meaning to her life and I admire her for it.
Posted by Sarah Manlove on March 17, 2019
She was the best mother, friend and person that ever could have been. I will always consider myself so incredibly lucky to have had such a mother. She taught me generosity, grace, and many more lessons I still struggle to apply in her example.

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