Linda Surface Pelkey (Partridge) passed away peacefully in her sleep February 17, 2013. She was born September 2, 1946 in Cass Lake, Minn. She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

She is survived by her eldest son Jon Chad Pelkey, his wife Stacey and their children: Jessica, Dawson, and Jaxton. She is survived by her daughter Jere' Lisa La Pierre, her husband Joe, and their children: James, Jory, Janique, and grandson Raiden; her youngest son Jason Elliott Pelkey, and his children: Jason Jr., Andrea, and Daniel; her older sister Cathy Partridge and her daughter Lisa, her younger brother Jim Surface and his children: Diane and Jason, her younger brother Pat Surface and his wife Donna and son, Trever, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Minnesota.

Linda, a beautiful Native American, had a remarkable ability to forgive and a held an enormous amount of love for others. She touched many lives and shall be dearly missed. A Native American Traveling Ceremony is to be performed February 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. by Resident Native American David West for family members at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial service to follow July 20, 2013 in Winnie Dam, Minn.