Longtime Summit resident passes away
April 14, 2009
Linda (Linn) Theis grew up in Scotland and Canada. She graduated from high school in Edmonton, Canada, and then in 1974 earned her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. For the next four years, Linn taught secondary school English at Austin Obrien High School in Edmonton. In 1978, Linn then moved to London, England, where she spent the next two years completing her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology with Vanderbilt University’s European Division.
While studying in London, Linn met her husband Tim. They were married on July 21, 1980, in Edmonton, Canada, and soon moved to Dillon, where they established their residence. Linn was hired as an English teacher at Summit High School, in August of 1980, a position which she held for two years before moving into the role of counselor, which she held until June of 2001. Throughout her career, Linn’s greatest joy was working directly with her students and acting as their representative and liaison to the faculty and the administration, and was also highly accomplished in motivating students to further their education beyond high school.
Linn took an early retirement from Summit High School in June of 2001, but soon realized that she missed the school setting and working with young people. With that in mind, she soon accepted a contract with the Department of Defense Schools to be the K-6 school counselor in Iwakuni, Japan. Here, Linn counseled with elementary-school children, who were the dependents of American military families serving overseas at the Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan. This was the first time that she had worked at the elementary-school level and found it particularly rewarding and satisfying at this point in her career. Linn’s illness made it necessary for her to leave Japan in 2005, return to the United States, and eventually resign her position with the Department of Defense. This was a very sad and disappointing event, as these were very happy and fulfilling years for her.
While in Japan, Linn began studying Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement) through the Sogetsu School. She immediately established long-term goals regarding these studies, and even though ill, by the autumn of 2008, she had earned her fourth level teaching certificate and was awarded her Japanese flower name, Ume Tsubaki. While in Summit County, Linn was an avid gardner and also extensively studied orchid culture. Her Silverthorne garden was also featured in the Summit County Garden Club Tour. She was an active member of the Denver Orchid Society and the American Orchid Society.
As well as being active in Sogetsu Colorado, and Ikebana International, prior to her illness, Linn maintained a valued membership with the ladies of PEO, Chapter FU.
Linn is survived by her beloved husband Tim Theis, her mother, Marion Sinclair of Edmonton, Canada; her sister Marion and husband Robert,
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of Calgary, Canada; her sister Louise, of Edmonton, Canada; her niece Kaitlen Stewart and nephew Robb Stewart, of Edmonton, Canada; and Sharon Rooney, sister-in-law, and her husband Noel Rooney of Las Cruces, N.M.; and last, but not
least, her Westie boys, Duncan and Hank.
Linn will be sorely missed, but never forgotten!
A celebration of Linn’s life will be held at some time in the future. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, PO Box 91840, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93190-1840.