Linda Helen LaBounty died Dec. 25, 2018, at Down Manor in Hood River, Ore., at the age of 92. Linda was born to Elmer and Lillie (Kangas) Moilanen on Sept. 8, 1926, in Brocket, N.D. She moved to the Hood River Valley with her family in 1928. She attended Odell schools and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1944 at Odell High School. She later attended Behnke Walker Business School.
Linda married James LaBounty on July 27, 1946, in Stevenson, Wash. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and she worked for contractors on Elmendorf AFB. She later kept books for their own businesses.
She moved to Tillamook, Ore., in 1961 with her husband and purchased a small wholesale beer and wine distributorship, which they operated until the sale of the business in 1975. She kept books for several businesses until she retired in 1981. In 2014, Linda and Jim returned to Hood River.
Linda enjoyed some traveling, homemaking, music and growing flowers. She was very proud of her Finnish heritage, she loved animals and had a good sense of humor. She was also a member of Nydia Temple, Daughters of the Nile.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, of 67 years; parents, Lillie and Elmer Moilanen; brother, Ronald Moilanen; sisters, Alice Swyers and Bertie Downing; nephew, Steven Downing; niece, Rhonda Moilanen; and faithful canine companion, Rosie.
She is survived by her nieces, Sharon Phillips, Sally Moore and Carolyn Stevens of Hood River; and nephews, Dennis Downing of New Braunfels, Texas, and Roy E. Pierce of Hillsboro, Ore.
Funeral services will be held on at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. A viewing will from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service and a reception will follow.
Interment will be at Pine Grove Butte Cemetery, 2687 Van Horn Drive, Hood River, at 3 p.m.
Memorial contribution can be made in Linda’s name to Shriners Hospital or the Oregon Humane Society (C/O Anderson’s Tribute Center 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031).
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations). Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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