Linda Gay Adair Galley
1936 – 2016
Twin Falls, ID – Surrounded by family on January 27, 2016, our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, and Aunt passed peacefully to the other side to join her husband, Robert, and many other relatives anxious to reunite with her. Linda was born on October 12, 1936 in Hurricane, Utah to Mark Twain Adair and Virginia Stevens. Her marriage to Robert “Bob” Wallace Galley was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on August 31, 1957. She is survived by sons: Steven A. Galley (Stephanie) and Brian Galley; daughters: Kaylene Loveday (Mike), Susan Shaw (Gary), and DeAnn Nugent (Mike); sister Jeannie Zitting; brother Ronald “C” Adair; step-sister Geraldine Cook; thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; brother Mark Warren Adair; half-sister Carol Foursha; step brother Keith Boyce Adair; sons in law: Thomas F. Berrett and Glenn E. Hall; and great grandson Jaxsyn Jensen.
Linda graduated from Brawley Union High School in Brawley, California in 1954 and later attended L.D.S. Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her secretarial career that spanned over thirty years included employment at the Genealogical Society Library (Salt Lake City), the Veterinary Science Department at Utah State University (Logan, Utah); the Salt Lake County Extension Office; H.R. Zimmerli Company (Pocatello, Idaho); and for her husband Bob in his law practice (Twin Falls, ID).
Linda was a woman of many talents and hobbies. She was a terrific cook, seamstress, and teacher. She enjoyed reading, family history, caring for pets (she loved her “kitties!”), and writing letters. She loved participating in any activities which involved her children or grandchildren. Whatever activity she was involved in, it was customary to put others before herself.
Up until her final days on earth she practiced the fine art of composing and sending handwritten letters to family members and loved ones. Storytelling was one of her many talents and she had the knack to transform everyday common events into fascinating anecdotes through her descriptive writing. She shunned electronic forms of word processing and was quite content to spend time writing the old-fashioned way with pen and paper.
Linda was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and had a firm testimony and love of her Savior and the restored gospel. Dedicated in her many church callings, she found great happiness in the tireless service she gave to others. Whether it was Sunday School, Relief Society, Young Women’s/Mutual, Nursery, Cub Scouts, Primary, or as a visiting teacher, she was a radiant example of Christ-like love and unselfishness. Her true love was teaching in the Primary organization. Her talents shined for over 40 years as she taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and brought joy into the lives of hundreds of young children in the communities of Twin Falls, Kimberly, and Wendell. Throughout her life she maintained contact with many of her former students including a young man who later became one of her doctors. She immersed herself in their lives, celebrating birthdays, baptisms, confirmations, and other noteworthy occasions. She always sought to bring out the best in each child and make them feel special. It was her uncanny ability to quiet the unruly, include the left out, and comfort the sad. It was not uncommon for her to spend hours of preparation for each Sunday . She had a genuine gift for engaging children with her cheerful smile, captivating object lessons, and popular stuffed animals or hand puppets. Her “golden teaching moments” with so many children were well-chronicled and any number of these stories could bring one to laughter and tears simultaneously!
Linda was a living example of kindness, compassion, and simplicity. This was well-evident in her relationships with others and in her sacred role as a mother and grandmother. Sacrifice was a part of her daily life and she went about her business never seeking recognition or reward. Her simple life was a masterpiece. We are comforted that she no longer suffers the physical pains of mortal life. We will miss our mother and friend dearly and look forward with anticipation to a blessed reunion with her in the future.
Linda’s children would like to express their sincere gratitude to Cenoma House (assisted living home), Dr. Daryl Ficklin, and to the Fourth Floor staff of St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls. The compassionate care and consideration you gave our mother was extraordinary and is very much appreciated.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon , Saturday February 6, 2016 , at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 South Lincoln Avenue, Jerome, with a visitation beginning one hour prior. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 2296 Kimberly Rd., Twin Falls.