Linda Dunham, age 76, of Langley, Washington, passed away December 24, 2023, after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer and Alzheimer’s. Linda was born on September 19, 1946, to Hal and Phyllis Dunham, in Santa Barbara, California, where she grew up with younger siblings, Harvest and Mike. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Linda was lovingly known to herfriends and family as “Tunie.”
Linda spent much of her adult life in San Jose, Saratoga and Aptos, California. After a bike trip to the San Juan Islands in 2000, Linda and Carol fell in love with the magic of island life and moved to Whidbey Island permanently.
Her life long passion was the outdoors. She loved to walk her special route in Langley with her best friend, Bob Grossman. She was the Captain of many boats that she motored throughout the San Juan and Gulf Islands, the Broughtons and the Inside Passage. Herlife long partner Carol was her first mate on their boats.They traveled the world scuba diving and bicycling with friends. Linda and Carol were married for over 50 years.
The most important thing to Linda was loving three generations of nieces and nephews. She took them on adventures and loved playing with them as they grew up. Her love of family and dear friends was her top priority. Linda also loved and trained her dogs over the years. Parker, her Springer Spaniel, misses her.
She is survived on Whidbey Island by her spouse, Carol Kerley, her niece, Kim Kerley, god-daughters Katie and Emily Kerley, nephew Kevin Dunham and family, and sister-in-law Cindy Boone. She is also survived by her niece Amy Dunham and family in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and nephews IAO, Merlin, and Mason and their families in Kauai, Hawaii. She loved her brother Mike and his dear wife Linda, and her sister Harvest and husband Jim Edmonds. She is deeply missed by every one of them.
A celebration of Tunie’s life will be held in the Spring.
We invite you to make a donation in her memory to WAIF inCoupeville, Washington, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Washington State Chapter.