Lois Strahl Sherman Linn

Lois Linn, of Ashland, Ore., and Homewood, Calif., passed away Oct. 13, 2008, at her home at Mountain View Retirement Residence. Lois was born Sept. 24, 1915, in Portland, Ore., to Asa Clifford and Nellie Headley Strahl. She grew up in Whittier, Calif., with her two older brothers, Don and Lynn. She graduated at 16, attended a year of business college and then began some of the happiest years of her life attending Chapman College in Los Angeles. She graduated in 1938 and her lifelong circle of Chapman friends exemplified the values of Christian leadership with lives of community service, generosity and mercy. Lois and Chapman alum, B.F. "Bev" Sherman, were married July 21, 1940, in Los Angeles. They moved to Sacramento in 1946, when Bev joined the newly formed California Youth Authority. They raised their family in Sacramento before retiring to their cabin at Lake Tahoe in 1971. Lois taught elementary school, managed the office for the California Secondary School Administrators Legislative Group, edited journals for the Association of California Psychiatric Technicians, consulted for the California Bankers Association and, in her later years, returned to teaching watercolor classes for Elderhostel. She volunteered in many civic and religious organizations, including the First Christian Church of Sacramento, the League of Women Voters, the United Council of Churches, the Crocker Art League and Chapman College Beta Chi. After moving to Tahoe, Lois joined the AAUW, the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, became a watercolor artist, was a founding member of the Sierra Artists Network, was active with Arts for the Schools and helped restore the congregation of the Squaw Valley Chapel. After Bev passed away in 1976, Lois renewed a friendship with Chapman alum and musician extraordinaire, Ray Linn. They were married on July 22, 1978, in Long Beach, California, and spent many happy years together enjoying the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the company of a wide circle of friends. Ray passed away in 1994, and Lois continued painting, gardening, traveling and attending her book and art groups until 2005, when she moved to Mountain View Retirement Residence in Ashland. There, Lois still took her daily walks, participated in Mountain View activities and outings, attended the First Baptist Church and enjoyed time with her Ashland family. Over the years, her travels took her to South and Central America, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean and all over the U.S. Lois was a joyful woman with an active mind and a wonderful sense of humor. She was a seeker of beauty who found loveliness in all of nature from the grandeur of the mountains to the delicacy of the wildflowers. She was a wonderful wife and mother, a talented artist and teacher and a gracious and loving hostess with ready hugs for all she met. Lois is survived by her daughter, Kay Lynne Sherman of Ashland; her son, Ben Sherman, and his wife, Gwen, of Mercer Island, Washington; her daughter, Jan Burt, and her husband, Jim, of Middleton, Wisconsin; and her stepson, Larry Linn, and his wife, Joy, of Punta Gorda, Florida. She is also survived by five grandchildren, who were the absolute lights of her life: Steven, Thomas and Emily Burt, and Star and Jennifer Sherman. We are grateful to her caregivers, the staff and her friends at Mountain View for their loving kindness to our mom. We will all miss her greatly. A memorial service will be held June 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Squaw Valley Chapel, 440 Squaw Peak Rd., Olympic Valley, California. Memorials may be made in her name to the Squaw Valley Chapel, P.O. Box 7437, Tahoe City, CA., 96145, or to the Arts for the Schools, P.O. Box 230, Tahoe Vista, CA., 96148, or to a charity of your choice.