Linda Canty Obituary

Linda Jo Canty
Linda Jo Canty

August 21, 1948 - December 23, 2017
Born in Caldwell, Idaho
Resided in Springfield, Oregon

Obituary

The mighty spirit of Linda Jo Canty passed on from this world on December 23rd at 6:10pm in the year 2017. She let loose her final breaths in her Springfield home surrounded by loved ones caring for her in the hours of her last Christmas.
Linda leaves behind a loving husband, Robert Edward Canty, with whom she dreamed and dared and lived for 34 years of marriage and who cared devotedly for her most basic needs the last year of her life. The spirit of Linda’s personality can still be found in the family she raised and protected: her son, David Anthony Ryan, her daughter, Michelle Nadine Ryan, her granddaughters Bre’Anna Michelle Ryan, Nadine Antoinette Fields, and Megan Tommi Fields, and in her younger brother Larry Duane Hendricks, as well as in her loyal canine, Little Fritzi.
Linda came into this world as Linda Jo Hendricks, the daughter of Harold “Duane” Hendricks and Jessie “Pauline” Masterson, and was referred to affectionately as “Little Linda Jo”. From the start, Linda Jo was known for her indomitable spirit, her true grit and boundless generosity. Linda’s fierce determination and independent nature was a counterpoint to her romantic and courageous idealism. She always fought for what she thought was right and most of all for those she loved.
Linda was born in Caldwell, Idaho and grew up in Orange County, California. She moved to Springfield, Oregon in the early 1970s a single, divorced mother of two young children with only a high school education and no significant work experience. With fierce determination she persevered, becoming eventually the Administrative Assistant to the Public Works Director in Springfield, loving and marrying Robert Canty, buying a home and building a life that mattered to her. Along the way she made many friends and helped many people. She cared about people’s stories, their histories, their needs. Linda was invested in the history and future of Springfield and was involved every day in the decisions and labor that helped it mature as a city.
Linda constructed a meticulous account of her family genealogy, visiting the towns across the US where her family had been known to travel. She is a descendent of many strong-willed American Immigrants who were educators and law-keepers who started and ran small towns in the mid-West. She carried a great passion for family, where people came from and the stories of their heritage. She also loved collecting and restoring and selling antiques and memorabilia that had historical value. She loved to find treasures at garage and estate sales. She became known as “The Doll Lady” for her mastery in restoration and sale of old dolls.
Linda loved dining out with people and having long conversations about relationships and life’s challenges. She was always ready to do hard things and to encourage others to take action and face their troubles. She was always ready and willing to face their troubles with them. She made a large and lasting impact on those she loved and helped to shape them. Linda lives on in those she loved.
We are honored to hold services in recognition of Linda’s life at the Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. We will have a public viewing with time for parting words on Saturday December 30th at 1pm.

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Funeral
Major Family Funeral Home
112 N. A Street
Springfield, OR US 97477
Saturday, December 30, 2017
1:00 PM
Visitation
Major Family Funeral Home
112 N. A Street
Springfield, OR US 97477
Saturday, December 30, 2017
1:00 PM
Burial
Springfield Memorial Gardens
7305 Main St
Springfield, Oregon 97478
Saturday, December 30, 2017