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Linda Ann (Agnew) Stephenson

August 29, 1948 June 29, 2019
Linda Ann (Agnew) Stephenson
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Linda Ann Agnew was born on August 29th, 1948 to Clint and Mary Francis (Frankie) Agnew in Leavenworth, Washington, just a few miles down the road from the family’s apple and cherry orchards. One of four children, Linda spent her early years playing with her brothers Ken and Phil, their cousin Patrick, and her sister Joyce in the hills and forests that surrounded their home; splashing and fishing in Peshastin Creek at the foot of their hill; and working alongside the rest of her family thinning and picking in the orchards. She graduated from Peshastin Dryden High School in 1966, where she was both Homecoming Queen and an Apple Blossom Princess.

In 1968 Linda married Richard Fuller, and they moved first to Ellensburg, Washington for college, and then south to Oregon. While living in Eugene they welcomed their son Jeff into the world, and then moved the family to McMinnville, where Richard taught at Linfield College and Linda became a student, ultimately earning her Bachelor’s degree.

Once in McMinnville Linda and Richard parted ways, and after a stint as a Resident Assistant in the dorms at Linfield, Linda and Jeff moved in with a friend and fellow student in her English class, Rob Stephenson. The three of them quickly became a family, and in 1977 Rob and Linda were married. In 1979 their daughter Erin was born, and together they raised their family in McMinnville, surrounded by wonderful friends who in every way became family.

Linda’s career always revolved around her love of architecture and homes. In 1977 she took a position with Yamhill County and spent a decade driving all of its back roads, appraising houses for the Assessor’s office. In 1988 she ran for elected office, and became Yamhill County’s first female Tax Assessor, a position she held for three terms, until she chose to retire from public service. During her tenure as Assessor she worked on a statewide level to lead the implementation of Measure 50, which rewrote the property tax system for the State of Oregon. In 2000 she continued to pursue her passion for real estate as a Realtor for Windermere. Over the course of her long career Linda was also deeply involved in the community, especially loving her role as a Rotarian, where she led the youth exchange program, chaired the Wine & Art Auction, and served as Club President.

Linda was a prolific reader (she was teased for having finished the complete works of Shakespeare in the 5th grade—a possible exaggeration); an avid gardener who could get just about anything to grow; a passionate and limitless baker, sometimes churning out several dozen cookies and more than one cake in a week (all while working fulltime); a lover of animals of all sizes and shapes; and an ambitious traveler, always up for any adventure—the further afield the better. Linda’s love for her children and grandchildren was boundless, and she was forever engaging in a sword fight, playing a game of cards, singing songs to them or reading stories. She loved them passionately and lived her life setting an example of generosity, hard work, endless curiosity, good humor and above all else strength, determination and courage.

Linda is survived by her husband Robert Stephenson, daughter Erin Stephenson, son-in-law Travis Easterday, and grandsons Rowan and Ledger Easterday, all of McMinnville, Oregon; her son Jeffrey Fuller, daughter-in-law Hilary Altman Fuller, and granddaughters Mayanne and Indiana Fuller, all of Miami, Florida; and her siblings Kenneth Agnew (Yakima, WA), Phillip Agnew (Malaga, WA), and Joyce Quiton (Tacoma, WA).

A memorial service for Linda will be held on Saturday July 13th at 3:00 pm at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in McMinnville. Donations in Linda’s honor can be made to A Family Place Children’s Relief Nursery.


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13

Jul

3:00 PM 7/13/2019 3:00:00 PM
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church

822 SW 2nd Street
McMinnville, OR 97128

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
822 SW 2nd Street McMinnville 97128 OR
United States
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