Linda Paddleford Gudmundsen – WyoToday.com
22 December 1943 – 26 February 2023
Linda Paddleford Gudmundsen peacefully departed this world next February 26, 2023 after spending the day surrounded by her loved ones. She was 79 years old. Linda was born on December 22, 1943 to Dorothy (Mikkleson) and Walter Paddleford in Long Beach, California. She was the middle child of three. She spent her formative years living on a ranch outside of Colville Washington and was a graduate of Colville Senior High School.
She enjoyed rodeos and performing with her horse in the women’s group “Red Devils”. After graduation, she moved to Lincoln Nebraska to study nursing. She attended St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing, where she was one of two non-Catholics admitted to the school. Here she met her future husband Harold Gudmundsen on a blind date. They were married on 18 September 1965. Together they had 2 children; Harold David (1966) and Deana Lin (1969). During her 40+ year nursing career, she worked in the ER, ICU, Med-Surg, teaching and mentoring many nurses. She received her BS-N in 1994 through Weber State University. Linda will be remembered for her infectious laugh and her ability to vividly tell a story to anyone who had been shot. She raised her children to respect everyone who comes into their lives and to ALWAYS stop for an ambulance. Her sense of humor was unmatched and she found humor in things that were sometimes overlooked by the average passerby.
She is preceded in death by both her parents, her sister Sandra Tilley and brother Bill Paddleford. Her laws, Curtis and Hazel Gudmundsen.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Harold Gudmundsen. Son, Harold David Gudmundsen and wife Gloria. Daughter, Deana Anderson and husband Jim. Grandchildren Sara, Ian, Thomas, Harold Donovan, Walter, Drew, Cheryl and Grace. Great grandchildren Karessa, Emma, Brooklyn, Riley, Lilly and Audrey. And many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to send a huge thank you to Anam Cara Caregiving, specifically Sarah, Diana and Rebecca. Along with the staff at Westward Heights Care Facility for their guidance, assistance and care.
A memorial service will be held when all the snow is gone, in late spring. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Anam Cara in Linda’s name @ https://anamcaracaregiving.org/donate or write to: Anam Cara Giving, 909 Fremont St, Lander, WY 82520.
Please sign the online guestbook: hudsonsfh.com.