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Former Juneau resident Linda Mae Erwin died Oct. 20, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 72.
Born Nov. 6, 1937, in Juneau to Vivian (Croken) and Marshall Erwin, she grew up in Juneau and graduated from Juneau High School in 1955.
She met Ed Burling while attending college at Washington State University. They were married in 1956 and had three children: Kathleen, Kristina and Michael. The family moved to Lewiston, Idaho, where Linda was a stay-at- home mother. They moved to Salem in the early 1970s. Ed died in 1975.
She married Louis Androes in 1978. They spent their years together in Silverton, Ore.
She was activities director at Chemeketa Community College for eight years in the 1970s and '80s, and kept friendships with both students and staff for the remainder of her life.
She was active in her community and the arts, and filled her life with love and poetry, her family said.
"Her membership with the Unity Church of Salem filled her soul," her family wrote. "Linda will be greatly missed. Her legacy is the twinkle in her eye, the dimples of her smile, her joy in living and the unconditional love she so willingly shared with others.
"Our mother, our friend, our grandmother, our mentor, how we will miss you. You will always be the light that guides us. You will always be in our hearts."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; her parents; and her beloved cousin, Gene Erwin.
She is survived by her husband, Lou Androes; children, Kathy Munsel and husband, Dave, Kristy Andonian and husband, Peter, and Mike Burling and wife, Dana; step-sons Tim, Karl and wife, Jean, and Scott Androes; the daughter of her heart, Lynn McKeon and husband, Gary; grandchildren, Brandi Garcia and husband, Marcos, Tony and Matt Sinclair, Jamie, Gregg, and Alisa Andonian and Sarah Burling; grandchildren of her heart, Jesse, Meghan, Shea, Zach, Dylan and Dakota; great-grandchildren, Hope and Aliyah Garcia; and many friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Unitarian Church, 5090 Center St., in Salem, Ore. Donations can be made to the Cancer Society.